Perfect first set for Tsonga who serves well and overpowers Nishikori with his massive forehands.
Tsonga tires a bit in the second set, his serves is less effective and Nishikori is up 4-1. Tsonga fights back and concedes the tiebreaker, and the Japanese levels the match at one set apiece.
The 2008 Bercy champion shows more signs of fatigue in the final set but manages to get two match points in the tiebreaker: one is wasted by a double fault and one is saved by an ace on second serve. Nishikori wins the match on another double fault by Tsonga.
Nishikori is a really interesting player to watch: really quick with good hands he only needs a bit more power and more experience to crack the top 10.
How tough it was for Gasquet! He needed 3 sets, 5 match points and 2 hours and 40 minutes to defeat Fernando Verdasco 7-5 6-7 6-3. Thanks to that hard-fought win, Gasquet was still en course for a qualification to the ATP Finals.
It was no vacation time for Verdasco either: he qualified for the ATP Finals with doubles partner David Marrero.
Nishikori warming up before his first round match:
A few pics of the match:
A day after his defeat to Juan Martin del Potro in Basel, Federer looked cool and relaxed, joking with Michael Llodra.
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And the first boos of this Bercy 2013 go to…Ernests Gulbis, who as usual acts like a spoiled brat.
7-6 7-6 win for Fernando Verdasco whose best results this year are a final in Bastad and the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
Fernando playing with a guy from the public after his victory:
adidas Tennis launched its first piece of work with Novak Djokovic. The video ‘Novak Djokovic – performance meets personality’ examines the two sides of Novak’s personality, the off-court joker and the very-focused on-court tennis superstar.
Djokovic has worn adidas Barricades his entire career and has won six Open championships wearing the iconic adidas Tennis trainer, including this year’s Australian Open. adidas signed an official contract with Djokovic in May 2013.