David Ferrer benifits from Tsonga and Tipsarevic’s Early Retirement – Valencia Open
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was the number 2 seed at the ATP Masters 500 tournament (Valencia Open, held in Valencia, Spain), but he retired from the tournament on his first match against Xavier Malisse due to back pain. The game count was 3-1 (Malisse leading) when Tsonga decided to pull out from the match. If Tsonga had advanced to the finals, he was most likely to face the world number 5 and also the number one seed of this tournament, David Ferrer, but things may turn out to be quite easy for Ferrer due to this early retirement.
Janko Tipsarevic also retired from this tournament during his match against Gilles Simon (5-4 ret.) due to a shoulder injury. David Ferrer also benefitted from this retirement, because the last time they faced each other at a grand slam it was a very fierce and balanced battle, though Ferrer won the match in the end.
Now that two out of the top 3 seeded players in the tournament have drawn out, it should be an easy title win for Ferrer as long as there aren’t any upsets. The strongest seed that is left after David Ferrer is Juan Monaco, though I think that Ferrer should be able to take him down if they face each other.
Tsonga, and especially Tipsarevic, have a slightly lower possibility to be able to participate in the ATP World Tour Finals which will be held on November 5th until November 12th due to this retirement. The Top 8 players of the ATP World Rankings will be able to enter the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. However, the world number 4 Rafael Nadal will not be entering this year’s finals, so there will be one extra opening. The problem is, who will be the one to seize the number 9 place in order to play?
If Monaco advances to the semi-finals of this tournament, Tipsarevic will be under pressure at Paris (if his injury is healed until then), because Tipsarevic will not be able to enter the ATP World Tour Finals if the world number 10 Juan Monaco gains more points than him by November. The race is on!
Xavier Malisse will be facing Jurgen Melzer, and Gilles Simon will be facing either Marcel Granollers or Jan Hajek in the second round of the Valencia Open.