David Ferrer captures the first Masters 1000 of his career after 3 defeats in finale (Rome 2010, Monte Carlo and Shanghai 2011 ) and ends Jerzy Janowicz magical run in Paris.

The season is far from over for the Spaniard, who will play in London next week and the Davis Cup finale against Czech Republic from 16 to 18 November.

David Ferrer

Photo by Tennis Buzz, Roland Garros 2011

Arena

All players play three round-robin matches against rivals in their group to determine a winner and runner-up from each group, who advance to the knockout stage of the tournament.
In the semi-finals the winner of Group A plays the runner-up of Group B and the winner of Group B plays the runner-up of Group A. Semi-final winners advance to the final.

Singles:

Group A: Novak Djokovic (1), Andy Murray (3), Tomas Berdych (5), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (7)

Group B: Roger Federer (2), David Ferrer (4), Juan Martin del Potro (6), Janko Tipsarevic (8)

Doubles:

Group A: Bob and Mike Bryan (1), Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek (3), Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez (6), Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer (7)

Group B: Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor (2), Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau (4), Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna (5), Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen (8)

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Jerzy Janowicz

Jerzy Janowicz is having the week of his life.

The unknown Polish qualifier, who ended 2011 ranked 221 and is now 69, beat 5 top 20 players: Philipp Kohlschreiber (19), Marin Cilic (15), Andy Murray (3), Janko Tipsarevic (9) and Gilles Simon (20) to reach the first ATP tournament final of his career.

For the title, Janowicz will square off against fourth seed David Ferrer who defeated wild card Michael Llodra in semis.

Jerzy Janowicz

Jerzy Janowicz

Jerzy Janowicz

Jerzy Janowicz

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Paris Bercy poster

This Bercy tournament must look like an Halloween nightmare for new Director Guy Forget.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and crowd favorite Gael Monfils pulled out of the tournament.
Novak Djokovic crashed out in his first match, losing to Sam Querrey in the second round and 2011 runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost to David Ferrer in quarterfinals.

No player outside the big four has won a Masters 1000 tournament since Robin Soderling took the Paris Bercy title in 2010. This will change this week.

So, who’s gonna win:

– 5th ranked David Ferrer?
Gilles Simon (18) who beat Czech Tomas Berdych in the quarters?
Jerzy Janowicz (69), the giant killer, who defeated Kohlscheiber, Cilic, Murray and Tipsarevic to reach the semifinals?
– wild card Michael Llodra (129), semifinalist here in 2010?

A little suggestion for Forget and the Bercy organisators: no player on next year’s poster.

David Ferrer vs Marcel Granollers

First match on Court Central was between Spaniards Ferrer and Granollers. The match started early (at 10.30) so I missed it. 6-1 6-3 for Ferrer who won the Valencia tournament last week.

Kevin Anderson vs Richard Gasquet

Big server Anderson against Richard Gasquet. As often with Gasquet, I got the feeling he only plays a few points, not the whole match and he has absolutely no game plan. A complete waste of talent.

Anderson wins first set at tiebreak:

Gasquet serves for the second set:

Match point:

Sam Querrey vs Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

8-0 in 28 minutes for Djokovic.
At that moment I just wanted this match to end as quickly as possible, but Querrey suddenly woke up, started to make some returns, kept the ball in the court. He somehow managed to win one game, two games, the second set and then the match! And well, let’s say Djokovic didn’t try a lot.

Djokovic serving for the first set:

Querrey serves for the second set:

Match point:

Sam Querrey’s interview after his victory:

Michael Llodra vs John Isner

Last year, Isner beat Wawrinka, Kunitsyn, Lopez and Ferrer on his way to the semifinals, where he held three match points before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. This year he lost to Michael Llodra in straight sets 6-4 7-6.
It was my first time watching one of his matches and probably (hopefully) the last time. The only thing he can do is to serve. He was totally unable to keep the ball in the court, and he’s ranked number 11… Spectators should be paid to watch him “playing”.

Who will win the 2012 BNP Paris Bercy Masters?

  • David Ferrer (43%, 9 Votes)
  • Other (19%, 4 Votes)
  • Roger Federer (14%, 3 Votes)
  • Novak Djokovic (10%, 2 Votes)
  • Andy Murray (5%, 1 Votes)
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (5%, 1 Votes)
  • Juan Martin del Potro (5%, 1 Votes)
  • Tomas Berdych (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Milos Raonic (0%, 0 Votes)
  • John Isner (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 21

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That’s it for my Paris Bercy recap. I’ll be there back again next year.
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