Monfils def Verdasco

A close close match between 2 players who have the same tactics – or non tactics: a spectacular forehand winner, an awful error, a winner, a fault, a winner, a fault…
Both players showed their technical and tactical limits in this match as neither of them couldn’t take control of the game and close the match. In the end, crowd favorite Gael Monfils wins in 3 tight sets: 6-7 7-6 7-5.

Bercy crowd

Fernando Verdasco

Fernando Verdasco

Gael Monfils

Gael Monfils

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A few videos of the third round matches Gael Monfils vs Fernando Verdasco, Michael Llodra vs Novak Djokovic and Nikolay Davydenko vs Tomas Berdych.

Gael Monfils:

Amelie Mauresmo and Guy Forget:

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Site: Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
Dates: Saturday, November 6 – Sunday, November 14
Surface: Hard
Prize Money: € 2,227,500
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The BNP Paribas Masters is the ninth and final ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. It’s one of the only Masters neither Roger Federer nor Rafael Nadal ever won. Rafa’s best result is a defeat in final in 2007 (beaten by Nalbandian), and Federer surprisingly never did better than the quarterfinals (in 2002, 2003 and 2008).
Although all the big names of tennis won the Paris Bercy Masters (Becker, Edberg, Sampras, Agassi…), Bercy’s tournament has been pretty disappointing in recent years with late withdrawals and top players early exits, like last year’s Federer stunning first round defeat to Julien Benneteau.
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French DJ Martin Solveig took part in the traditional charity event Children’s Day at Roland Garros a month ago, as he filmed the video for his single Smah (see some photos here).

Solveig’s video is now online. Let me know your thoughts…

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfxC3TCDgCE[/youtube]