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Three spots for Shanghai decided at Paris Masters

Three spots for Shanghai decided at Paris Masters

The three remaining spots for the season-ending Masters Cup will be decided at the Paris Masters, with Andy Roddick, Juan Martin del Potro and Gilles Simon each looking to gain enough points to hold their ranking in the top eight and reach Shanghai.
But David Ferrer is just behind Simon, with James Blake, Stanislas Wawrinka and Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga all hoping a good showing at the Bercy indoor arena will help them qualify for the prestigious year-end championship.
In Sunday's first round action, Tommy Robredo of Spain plays Jeremy Chardy and Dmitry Tursunov faces Adrian Mannarino.
Last year, Frenchman Richard Gasquet jumped from 13th to eighth and took the final spot for the Masters Cup by reaching the semifinals in Paris.
Roddick dented his chances after losing to Robin Soderling in the quarterfinals of the Lyon Grand Prix on Friday. Simon picked up points there by reaching the semis, and Roddick could play Simon in the third round in Paris.
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal, 13-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Nikolay Davydenko have clinched their spots for Shanghai, but Davydenko is the only one who has won the Paris tournament, in 2006.
Nadal will hope to go one better than last year, when he was well beaten 6-4, 6-0 by David Nalbandian in the final, while Federer will be hoping to can put an end to his Paris jinx by reaching at least the semifinals for the first time.
Nadal, who already leads the ATP for titles this year, will go for his ninth trophy of the year.
The Spaniard could meet Frenchman Gael Monfils in the third round and Davydenko in the quarters, while Federer opens against either Josselin Ouanna or Robin Soderling _ against whom he is 7-0 _ and could play Gasquet in the third round.