06. 11. 2010. · The draw for the 2010 BNP Paribas Masters was made in Paris on Friday. The last ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the year starts on Sunday November 7, and will be played for €2,750,000 prize money.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic is seeded no.2. World no.1 Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Paris Masters on Friday because of a shoulder injury.
Forty eight players will take part. Sixteen seeds (1-16) get BYE in the first round. Nole will begin his title defence campaign in the second round against world no.24 Juan Monaco. The Argentine beat American Sam Querrey in straight sets 7-6(7), 6-2.
Djokovic leads their head-to-head series 3-0.
Nole’s possible opponents in the later stages of the tournament are:
3rd round: John Isner (USA, 16)
Quarter-finals: Tomas Berdych (CZE, 5), Nikolay Davydenko (RUS, 10)
Semi-finals: Robin Soderling (SWE, 4), Andy Roddick (USA, 8), Mikhail Youzhny (RUS, 9)
Meeting Federer (SUI, 1) is not possible before the finals. Andy Murray (GBR, 3), Fernando Verdasco (ESP, 6), David Ferrer (ESP, 7)… are also in the upper part of the draw.
Last year Novak clinched his 16th career title with a fantastic three sets win over homecrowd favourite Gael Monfils 6-2, 5-7, 7-6(3).
The winner of the tournament will get 1000 ATP points and €450,000.