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

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.

Schedule nonsense at Bercy on Day 2: on Court Central (14 500 seats): Chardy, Mathieu and Llodra. On court 1 (300 seats): Dimitrov, Melzer, Cilic, Dolgopolov, Querrey and Verdasco. So as you guessed it, I spent most of the afternoon on Court 1.

Grigor Dimitrov vs Jurgen Melzer

The first match on Court 1: “Baby Fed” Dimitrov against 2010 French Open semifinalist Jurgen Melzer.
Both players had a disappointing season: Melzer’s ranking fell from 8 in 2011 to 30 this year and Dimitrov is around the top 50.

Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov

Jurgen Melzer

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