Nadal, Ferrer, Del Potro, Federer reach third round in Paris

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Updated: October 30, 2013

Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) – World No. 1 star Rafael Nadal,
reigning champion David Ferrer, hot Juan Martin del Potro and former titlist
Roger Federer were among those posting second-round wins Wednesday at the
$3.65 million Paris Masters tennis event.

The reigning U.S. and French Open champion Nadal defeated fellow Spaniard
Marcel Granollers 7-5, 7-5 on Day 3.

“I didn’t play well tonight,” Nadal said. “Something that can happen after two
weeks without playing and after a long time without playing on this kind of
surface. The rhythm of my legs tonight was poor. I’m slower than usual, and a
lot of mistakes, easy mistakes.”

The 2007 Paris Masters runner-up Nadal will meet 14th-seeded Pole and last
year’s Paris Masters runner-up Jerzy Janowicz in the third round on Thursday.

The third-seeded French Open runner-up Ferrer held off Czech Lukas Rosol 6-0,
2-6, 6-3, while the fourth-seeded former U.S. Open champion del Potro
dismissed Croat Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) on the hardcourts at Palais
Omnisports de Paris-Bercy. Del Potro is fresh off his title in Basel, while
Ferrer was a runner-up in Valencia in his native Spain last week.

Ferrer, who bested the 6-foot-8 Janowicz in last year’s Paris Masters finale,
will meet Frenchman Gilles Simon on Thursday, while del Potro will tangle with
rising Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

Meanwhile, the fifth-seeded former world No. 1 Federer qualified for next
week’s season-ending ATP Tour World Finals for a 12th straight year by virtue
of a 6-4, 6-4 victory over tall South African Kevin Anderson.

Federer, who captured this Paris Masters event two years ago, will meet German
Philipp Kohlschreiber on Thursday.

Also in the top 10, sixth-seeded 2005 champion Tomas Berdych took care of
Spanish lucky loser Pablo Andujar 6-2, 7-5, No. 7 seed Stan Wawrinka of
Switzerland got past Spanish left-hander Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, and
10th-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic dismissed Dutch qualifier Robin Haase 6-3,
6-4.

The aforementioned Kohlschreiber took down 11th-seeded fellow German Tommy
Haas 6-2, 6-2; 12th-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro beat Croat Ivan Dodig 6-4,
6-3; 13th-seeded American John Isner launched 27 aces in sneaking past Polish
qualifier Michal Przysiezny 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-3; and a 15th-seeded Simon edged
out wild card and fellow countryman Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3).
The 6-foot-9 Isner is rewarded with a third-rounder against second-seeded
former No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the 2009 Paris Masters champ.

A mild upset came when Dimitrov took out 16th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini
6-3, 5-7, 6-2. Dimitrov captured his first-ever ATP title in Stockholm two
weeks ago.

This week’s big winner will collect $720,000.