Yesterday was a day filled with so much casualties at the Rolex Paris Masters as ATP Finals hopefuls Pablo Carreno Busta and Sam Querrey lost to French wild card Nicolas Mahut and Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic respectively.
British No. 3 Kyle Edmund saved a match point as he fought back to beat Evgeny Donskoy in three sets to reach the second round of the Paris Masters.
The 22-year-old defeated his Russian opponent 5-7 7-6 (9-7) 6-3 to set up a meeting with Jack Sock on Wednesday.
Edmund was 7-6 down in the second-set tie-break, but saved match point on his serve before taking the set and clinching victory in the third.
After Querrey lost to Krajinovic 6-4, 6-4, it was expected that Carreno Busta was going to be quite relaxed knowing fully well that his biggest treat in the race for a place at the ATP Finals had crashed out. But what wasn’t expected was him losing to Mahut 6-4, 6-1.
The implication of Carreno Busta and Querrey’s loss is that it creates an opportunity for players like Kevin Anderson, Juan Martin del Potro and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to make it to the ATP Finals.
If Anderson reaches the quarter-finals this week, he will surpass Carreno Busta and assume the last qualification spot.
Not far behind in the ATP race to London are Del Potro and Tsonga, who would surpass Carreno Busta by reaching the semi-finals.