Paris – Day 3 (2R)
It was a day of lopsided matches #. In the most interesting straight setter, Alexandr Dolgopolov , who did not win a set in his four previous matches, sent packing Philipp Kohlschreiber on court No. 1. The Ukrainian led 5:3* (30-0) in the 2nd set, held two match points on serve in the following game but found himself at *3:6 in the tie-break. In that moment, the spectators witnessed one another twist as Dog won quickly five points in a row (without a rally longer than 3 strokes): service winner, forehand winner, Kohli’s double fault, backhand return winner, backhand volley winner (after the second serve). They have created a ‘reflex H2H’ this year ##. “I really like playing in Bercy. I think it’s one of the most entertaining indoor tournaments, and people are coming in numbers here to watch matches. I like playing it.” said Novak Djokovic after his solid 6-4, 6-3 victory over Ivan Dodig. The best player in the world, due to problems with right shoulder wasn’t sure that he would be fit enough to participate in the event until today’s afternoon. His compatriot Janko Tipsarevic keeps his hopes to play in London after destroying Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-1, 6-0 in 51 minutes. ‘Tipsy’ lost the first game of the match to win 12 in succession, he has one ‘doube bagel’ under his belt (six years ago beat Dick Norman 6-0, 6-0 in Umag). It’s very important win for the Serbian player because moves him one place ahead of Nicolas Almagro, who as expected (plays always poorly in the last quarter of the season) lost to Andreas Seppi 3-6, 5-7. The French crowd was shocked in the evening as Gael Monfils (the finalist of the two previous editions) and Gilles Simon were overplayed by F.Lopez and Monaco respectively. The Frenchmen couldn’t even get a break of serve (Monfils had 5 break points, Simon none).
# For the first time in history of the tournament there wasn’t a 3-set match in the 2nd round (the event has been held since 1986 but the draw for 48-players has been kept since 1990, the first four editions with 32-draw).
## H2H: Dolgopolov vs. Kohlschreiber (both matches in 2011):
Halle, 2R: Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6(5)
Paris, 2R: Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-6(6)
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