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Roddick, Nalbandian in Paris Masters quarterfinals

Roddick, Nalbandian in Paris Masters quarterfinals

Andy Roddick overcame Gilles Simon 6-3, 7-5 to seal his spot in the Masters Cup, and defending champion David Nalbandian defeated Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-0 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters.
Roddick needed five match points to get the better of Simon.
The Masters Cup in Shanghai features the top eight players in the ATP race. Despite the loss, Simon can still qualify for the tournament if other results go his way.
"It's not down to me any more, and I'm very unhappy with that," Simon said.
Roddick felt he had to dictate the pace against Simon, and was pleased with how his game plan worked.
"It wasn't going to do me any good to play patty-cake back and forth with him today," Roddick said. "I'm not as quick as he is and I'm not as consistent as he is. It actually made for a pretty simple game plan. "
The 2004 U.S. Open winner next plays either No. 3 Novak Djokovic or No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who play later.
Simon was powerless to attack Roddick's first serve, winning only four points on it. Simon also missed four chances to break Roddick in the second set.
Roddick clinched the match when Simon went for a forehand winner and the ball clipped the net and bounced out.
The eighth-seeded Nalbandian broke Del Potro's serve twice in the first set and three times in the second to defeat his Argentine compatriot for the second time in less than a week after winning in the Swiss Indoors semifinals on Saturday.
"I think he was a little tired, particularly in the second set," Nalbandian said. "I think I played well all the match and it was a very good performance."
Del Potro, who had beaten Nalbandian in the third round of the Madrid Masters two weeks ago, won only 13 points in the second set as Nalbandian repeatedly attacked his weak second serve.
"I was trying to do my best, but in front of me I had a very good player and I didn't have the key to beat him," Del Potro said. "Sometimes you cannot do anything."
Nalbandian next plays either No. 4 Andy Murray or No. 15 Fernando Verdasco, who plays later.
Later, top-ranked Rafael Nadal meets No. 16 Gael Monfils and No. 2 Roger Federer plays Marin Cilic.


Updated : 2021-10-18 20:00 GMT+08:00