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Berdych, Cilic, Kiefer advance at Paris Masters

Berdych, Cilic, Kiefer advance at Paris Masters

Former champion Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, Marin Cilic of Croatia and Nicolas Kiefer of Germany all advanced to the second round of the Paris Masters in straight sets on Monday.
Berdych, the 2005 winner, eased past Robby Ginepri of the United States 6-4, 7-5, Cilic downed Andreas Seppi of Italy 7-6 (5), 6-2, and Kiefer beat big-serving Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-4, 7-5.
"He broke me twice, then he got a bit tired when he was serving for the set and I took advantage of that," Cilic said.
Seppi was broken twice in each set, while Cilic tightened up his game and did not face another break in the second set.
Kiefer's consistent serving kept him in charge of the match at Bercy indoor arena. Kiefer won 97 percent of first-serve points _ despite only four aces compared to 12 for Karlovic _ and did not face a breakpoint.
Sam Querrey of the United States advanced to a second-round match against fourth-seeded Andy Murray. The big-serving Querrey had secured a break in the third set and was leading 7-5, 6-7 (5), 3-2 when Marcos Baghdatis retired.
Baghdatis, a Paris semifinalist last year, quit after calling a trainer to massage his lower back. He had also pulled out during the second set against Karlovic at Metz on Sept. 30.
"I felt a sharp pain and I didn't want to take any risks," Baghdatis said. "I felt that if I continued, I would have had problems afterward. So I preferred to stop."
The three remaining spots for the season-ending Masters Cup will be decided this week, 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 _ who next plays Berdych _ and Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga all hoping a good showing will help them qualify for the prestigious year-end championship.
Later Monday, three-time champion Marat Safin played Juan Monaco, Mario Ancic faced Rainer Schuettler, and Paul-Henri Mathieu played Igor Andreev.
Roger Federer, who won the Swiss Indoors at Basel for the third straight year on Sunday, confirmed Monday to tournament organizers that he will play at Bercy despite feeling tired after beating David Nalbandian for his 57th career title.


Updated : 2021-04-21 14:33 GMT+08:00