By Erik Gudris / Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Rafael Nadal made a successful return to the BNP Paribas Masters after missing last year's event. Stanislas Wawrinka kept his chances for London alive with a three set win.
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After missing last year's BNP Paribas Masters event, top seed Rafael Nadal made a successful return in Paris on Wednesday.
Nadal, who was unable to compete in last year's ATP Masters 1000 event due to injury, opened his 2013 campaign against fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers. Despite showing some signs of rust of having not played since Shanghai a few weeks ago, Nadal managed to overcome Granollers 7-5, 7-5.
Nadal is bidding to become the first player to win six ATP 1000 Masters series events in the same season. The Paris Masters, as the event is also known, is one of the few ATP Masters tournaments Nadal has yet to win in his career.
Next up for Nadal is last year's surprise finalist Jerzy Janowicz who advanced on Monday.
Stanislas Wawrinka, bidding to qualify for next week's ATP World Tour Finals in London, kept his hopes alive with a three set win. Taking on Spain's Feliciano Lopez, Wawrinka came away with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win.
Tommy Haas, who had an outside chance to qualify for London, lost to fellow German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-2 earlier in the day. That loss now puts Haas out of contention for the ATP Finals
Ferrer, Isner Advance Into Round of 16
Defending champion David Ferrer endured an up and down battle against Lukas Rosol to start off Wednesday's schedule. Despite taking the first set by the convincing score of 6-0, Ferrer soon dropped the second set and found himself down an early break in the third set. But Ferrer rallied and soon claimed a 6-0, 2-6, 6-3 victory.
Also advancing was No. 13 seed John Isner. Facing big serving Polish qualifier Michal Przysiezny, Isner also was taken to three sets in their second round meeting. After staying on serve, Isner claimed a pivotal break to go up 3-1 in the final set.
With his 27th ace on match point, Isner secured the 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3 win.
No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic awaits Isner in the next round. Isner won their last meeting in Cincinnati earlier this summer.