World No. 3 David Ferrer (Player Profile) is still in the running to defend his BNP Paribas title following a quick victory in the third round to set up an encounter with Czech giant Tomas Berdych (Player Profile) in the quarter-finals. The Spaniard leads the head-to-head series 6-3, with Berdych’s last win coming back in the 2011 Tour Finals.
The third seed absolutely dominated his earlier contest against France’s Gilles Simon, as he dismissed the World No. 17 after a 6-2, 6-3 victory. The match lasted 77 minutes and moved Ferrer to 5-1 in their head-to-head series. Ferrer won his first ATP Masters title in Paris last year when he defeated Polish youngster Jerzy Janowicz in the final, and will be looking to successfully defend his title en route to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. He has compiled a 58-20 record on the tour this season.
World No. 7 Tomas Berdych dashed Milos Raonic’s hopes at qualifying for his first ever World Tour Finals, when he defeated the Canadian 7-6, 6-4. The first set was a remarkable effort from both athletes, particularly in the tiebreaker where a total of 27 points were played before the score ended at 15-13 for Berdych. The win came in the for of redemption for Berdych, who lost to Raonic in the finals of the Bangkok Open last month. Since then he lost to Nadal in the semi-finals in Beijing, reached the second round in Shanghai and lost in disappointing fashion in the opening round in Basel. The 2005 Paris Masters champion has not reached the semi-finals here since 2011, where he lost to Roger Federer and will be looking to top that performance en route to the year-end championships.
The Spaniard holds a significant lead over Berdych in their head-to-head record. While both competitors have already booked their spots in London next week, they will be looking for strong showings in Paris to raise their momentum. Ferrer in particular needs to defend his Masters title and his ATP ranking points and is still three wins away from doing so.