Masters 1000

Andy Murray wins the Paris Bercy master 1000 : he replaces Novak Djokovic and becomes the new number 1

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Novak Djokovic is not the number one any more… after almost two years of holding the title in the ATP ranking, Novak Djokovic was dethroned by Andy Murray on Saturday.

Last week took place the Paris Bercy Masters, one of the last big tournaments of the season and before the Masters of London which opposed the 10 greatest players of the word. This last week of competition showed once again the small form of Novak Djokovic who, after three consecutive titles in this tournament, was eliminated in quarter final by Tomas Berdych. After this elimination, Andy Murray had the cards in his hands to recup the first place of the ranking, and that from his semi final against Milos Raonic.

His semi final opponent had withdrawn from the game, and Andy Murray has become the number one on a golden bridge, but he declared : “It’s not a nice way to become number one.” The new number one met the American John Isner for the final, and he did his best to win, in order to celebrate his new ranking. Finally, Andy Murray won this game in a beautiful way (6-3;6-7;6-4) after a great fight. The Scottish won for the first time in his career the Paris Bercy Masters 1000 and he has 405 points ahead of Novak Djokovic in the ATP ranking!

Simon Mantel, IEJ1D

Monfils validates his Master Ticket

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Source : Eurosport

Without playing, Gael Monfils validates yesterday his ticket to London Masters. He will join the seven other best players of the season from the 13 to 20 November. 

Sitting at the end of his sofa, the sixth players at the Race watched his rivals’ defeat. Whith their defeat in Bale Masters and Vienna Masters, David Goffin and Dominique Thiem left the French player contest his first Masters 1000 final. Add up withdrawal Rafael Nadal, Gael Monfils will play at the Masters 1000 in Paris without stress.

After the better season of his career, Gael Monfils announced: “It is a beautiful way of ending my best season on the ATP circuit I heard many things about Masters, every match is like a final.”

La Monf’, his nickname in France, is the fourth French player to participate in the Masters final. After Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, he will try to do better than Tsonga’s final in 2011.

Adrien Paquier IEJ 3E

Source : L’équipe

Davis Cup final

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images Today, ROGER FEDERER is about to play a quarter final game against MILOS RAONIC in the Master  1000, indoor BNP PARIBAS MASTERS. The Swiss, second at the ATP leaderboard, has clearly the  objective of winning all his games, in order to become the number one again. His next step: the DAVIS  CUP final, against FRANCE in 20 days from now. This cup is the only trophy missing at his name. The  Swiss  team will have to defeat France, at home.

 No Frenchie at all is remaining in the Master 1000,which is still on inParis. JO-WILFRIED TSONGA, GAEL  MONFILS and  RICHARD GASQUET will probably  be the starting team for FRANCE in the Davis Cup. The three aren’t  in a great shape, as can be seen from the eliminations of the tournament by NISHIKORI, DJOKOVIC, and  BAUTISTA-AGUT respectively. However, according to the three players,  the early elimination from the Paris tournament could be benefitil for them. Indeed, they will have more time for their physical preparation. TSONGA was saying yesterday that the final against SWITZERLAND will probably be the most exiting game of his career; the Frenchies will play at 200%, in front of their public.

We can expect a memorial Tennis event in a wonderful arena, the football stadium of LILLE, the PIERRE MAROY STADIUM.

Raphael Chesnais-Poler, IEJ1B