The last masters tournament is on the way and some of the big names have already been in action. There is a sense of calm about Paris Bercy this year. Maybe it’s because the eight spots for the World Tour Finals are already set. Often times in the past, Paris Bercy represented a hunting ground. The final battle turf to decide the eight chosen ones. It could also be because the #1 spot has long been decided. Djokovic has more than consolidated his 2014 season and even eclipsed his 2011 season. Despite the absence of this urgency, this masters tournament still holds its importance and the eventual winner, whoever it is, will surely take all the confidence from it into the WTF and/or next season. Let’s look at tomorrow’s matches of interest.
David Ferrer vs Grigor Dimitrov
This match throws up lots of interesting possibilities. The shot maker vs the grinder. David Ferrer has enjoyed playing Grigor Dimitrov in the past, building a healthy 4-1 lead in their head to head. The last victory came in Monte Carlo last year, a comfortable 6-4, 6-2 win for Ferrer. However, the one time Dimitrov managed to win Ferrer was at Stockholm in 2013. It was a tight three-setter but guess what surface it was played on? Indoor Hard. The surface favors the attacker, but Ferrer’s mental fortitude might prove too much to handle for a player whose 2015 season has been abysmal. Ferrer in three.
Novak Djokovic vs Gilles Simon
Djokovic has been playing at such a level this season, that it’s almost impossible to not pick him as the winner in just about every match. This time I do pick him as the winner. However, I expect a challenging encounter. Gilles Simon has given Novak trouble in the past. While he’s only won one of nine, five of those matches have gone the distance. Gilles will not go down easily but he’s playing against a man at the height of his powers. Djokovic in three.
John Isner vs Roger Federer
Here’s an interesting stat. Isner has NEVER taken a set off Federer in a best of three match format. He has however beaten Federer in a best of five format on clay, and taken a set off him in the same format. This was at their very first meeting in the U.S Open. They’ve never faced off on indoor HC, but there are two things I see happening. Federer’s most likely going to win a tiebreak set and he will most likely win in straights. Federer in two
Kei Nishikori vs Richard Gasquet
Don’t be fooled by Richard’s 5-0 H2H against Kei, that last win came before the Japanese star, broke through at last year’s US Open. Kei has been solid this year, but Richard has also posted some stellar performances. Logic says I should go with Richard but I’m picking Kei to bag a first win on this court. Nishikori in two
Let the matches begin!