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Sir David Gray
10-11-2011, 04:42 PM
The final Masters event of the 2011 season is underway in Paris as the top players get their last bit of preparation in before the World Tour Finals in London get going in a couple of weeks.

Andy Murray is through to the quarter finals after straight sets victories against Jeremy Chardy and Andy Roddick. He will now play Tomas Berdych tomorrow.

Novak Djokovic is also through to the quarter finals and will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Roger Federer will join them if he can beat Richard Gasquet later today.

Rafael Nadal is not playing as he wants to rest ahead of the World Tour Finals and the Davis Cup Final over the next few weeks.

The top eight players for London have now been confirmed and they will be;

Novak Djokovic
Rafael Nadal
Andy Murray
Roger Federer
David Ferrer
Tomas Berdych
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Mardy Fish

CFC
10-11-2011, 05:26 PM
Falkirk you know your tennis, what happened to yhat Aussie player that used to wear the bandana? I thought he was touted as the next big thing

Sir David Gray
10-11-2011, 10:37 PM
Falkirk you know your tennis, what happened to yhat Aussie player that used to wear the bandana? I thought he was touted as the next big thing

Bernard Tomic? :dunno:

He got to the quarter finals at Wimbledon this year, eventually lost to Novak Djokovic, and has barely won a match since.

Record since then;

Canada Masters

1st round-Beat Yen-Hsun Lu
2nd round-Lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Cincinnati Masters

Qualifying round-Lost to Julien Benneteau

Winston Salem 250 event

1st round-Lost to Igor Andreev

US Open

1st round-Beat Michael Yani
2nd round-Lost to Marin Cilic

Davis Cup vs Switzerland

Beat Stanislas Wawrinka
Lost to Roger Federer

Kuala Lumpur 250 event

1st round-Lost to Flavio Cipolla

Tokyo 500 event

1st round-Beat Viktor Troicki
2nd round-Beat Tatsuma Ito
Quarter Finals-Lost to Mardy Fish

Shanghai Masters

1st round-Beat Kevin Anderson
2nd round-Beat Mardy Fish
3rd round-Lost to Alexandr Dolgopolov

Stockholm 250 event

1st round-Beat Jurgen Zopp
2nd round-Lost to Gael Monfils

Basel 500 event

Qualifying round-Lost to Michael Lammer

You're right, he was considered to be the next big thing. He may still turn out to be just that as he has only recently turned 19 but he has certainly had a very poor run in the second half of 2011. In fact his whole season has been pretty ordinary, with the exception of the grass court tournaments. He does find himself at 41 in the world rankings right enough so he's certainly going in the right direction.

It's going to be quite tough for him as he has some very big boots to fill trying to replace Lleyton Hewitt at the head of men's tennis in Australia and there is obviously a very long list of famous Australian tennis players such as Pat Cash, Pat Rafter, Rod Laver, John Newcombe, Ken Rosewall and Roy Emerson so the pressure will be on him to perform.

Sir David Gray
11-11-2011, 02:36 PM
Murray currently in action against Tomas Berdych. He's won the opening set, 6-4, but Berdych has just broken to go 2-0 up in the second set.

Live coverage now on Sky Sports 2.

H18sry
11-11-2011, 04:20 PM
Murray loses in 3

Sir David Gray
11-11-2011, 04:36 PM
Murray gets beat 4-6 7-6 6-4 after more than 3 hours.

He should have had the match in the bag but he'll have an extra few days of rest now ahead of the World Tour Finals beginning a week on Sunday.