What a difference a year makes: last year, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal pulled out of the tournament, whereas Novak Djokovic crashed out in his first match, losing to Sam Querrey in the second round.
This year for the first time, the Bercy quarter-finalists are the eight men qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
I’ve had tickets for the day session and get to watch Djokovic-Wawrinka and Federer-Del Potro. Here’s a quick recap:
Djokovic vs Wawrinka
6-1 6-4 for Djokovic. The score is flattering for the Serb but doesn’t really reflect the match.
Wawrinka fought a lot and had a lot of opportunities to break Djokovic’s serve but the world number 2 was simply more consistant.
Federer vs Del Potro
Roger Federer has had one of his worst season ever in 2013, but he seems to have found his form back of late. And indeed, for a set and a half, Federer looked like his old self: effective on serve, aggressive on return, with a will to finish the points at the net. 6-3 for Federer.
First break points for Del Potro at 5-4 in the second set and the Argentinian levels the match.
Both players exchange beaks of serve at the start of the third set but the 17-time Grand Slam winner goes for his shots and has the last word: 6-4 3-6 6-3 for the Swiss.
Nadal vs Gasquet
Finalist in 2007 (loss to Nalbandian), Nadal hasn’t made the trip to the end-of-year Paris tournament in four years. But this year, with the world number one ranking at stake, he seems determined to do well at Bercy.
After two not so convincing victories over Marcel Granollers and Jerzy Janowicz, Rafa cruised past Richard Gasquet in straight sets 6-4 6-1.
Despite this loss (Gasquet is now 0-12 against Nadal), it was a good week for the Frenchman who qualified for the ATP Finals for the second time of his career.
Ferrer vs Berdych
17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will appear in his 12th successive World Tour Finals and to celebate this achievement Nike designed the Savile Row, a limited edition of Federer’s signature shoe, the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour:
and here is the outfit he will wear:
A day after his defeat to Juan Martin del Potro in Basel, Federer looked cool and relaxed, joking with Michael Llodra.
Click to enlarge the pics:
Inspired by Roger Federer‘s signature style both on and off the court, the new “Savile Row” Zoom Vapor 9 Tour LE was specially created for Roger to wear during the year end finals in London.
The “Savile Row” Zoom Vapor 9 Tour LE will be available in limited quantity at Nike select retailers worldwide and on Nike.com beginning Nov. 4.