Stanislas Wawarinka endured a horrible outing at the on-going 2016 Paris Masters.
In another game, Andy Murray seeing off Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-5 was more herculean task-like than it should have been given the gap between them in ATP world ranking. Andy’s perpetual struggles at the Paris Masters arewell documented though and the Scot needed 90 minutes to see off Verdasco.
Murray has been paired with 13th seed Frenchman Lucas Pouille for the round 16 game on Thursday. Both have met twice in 2016 at Rome’s open clay court and Shanghai Masters hard court in May and October respectively.
Novak Djokovic kicked-off his campaign with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Gilles Muller and is now being drawn to play against 14th seed Grigor Dimitrov.
“I try to focus on playing match after match and putting quality and value into my game and I know that if I do that I can challenge anybody in the world on any surface and in any condition so I focus on my own quality and what I bring to the court,” he said.
Still on the opening day, Kei Nishikori, 5th seed Japanese beat Serbian Viktor Toick 6-2 7-5 to qualify for the next round while low seeded American John Isnerand Frenchman Gilles Simons caused major upsets against their higher seeded opponents in making it to the round of 16.