10. 03. 2010. · The draw has been made for the BNP Paribas Open ($4,500,000). The first Masters tournament of the season begins on Thursday, March 11th and will be held til March 21st.
The best Serbian tennis player and 2008 champion Novak Djokovic is second seed and has a first-round BYE. He will open his campaign against world no.106 Mardy Fish. The American defeated German Michael Berrer 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Djokovic leads their head-to-heads 3-0.
Novak’s potential opponents in the later stages of the tournament are:
3rd round: Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER,25), Philipp Petzschner (GER)
4th round: Gilles Simon (FRA,16), Ivan Ljubicic (CRO,20)
Quarterfinals: Marin Cilic (CRO,8), Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP,11), Juan Monaco (ARG,21)
Semifinals: Rafael Nadal (ESP,3), Nikolay Davydenko (RUS,5), Fernando Verdasco (ESP,10), John Isner (USA,15)
Roger Federer (SUI,1), Andy Murray (GBR,4), Robin Soderling (SWE,6), Andy Roddick (USA,7)… are in the upper part of the draw.
Last year Nole reached quarterfinals. He lost to Andy Roddick 3-6, 2-6.