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Paris Masters Tomas Berdych vs Adrian Mannarino live stream, start time and match preview

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Tomas Berdych (JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

World no. 5 Tomas Berdych begins his BNP Paribas Masters campaign as he hopes to secure a third indoors title in 2014 – and seal his qualification for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Berdych and Mannarino are scheduled on court in Paris at 7.30pm BST. The match is broadcast on Sky Sports 3 in the UK and online coverage is available - UK viewers can register to view here:

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Tomas Berdych boosted his chances of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals when he won his second title of the season at the If Stockholm Open, defeating Grigor Dimitrov in the final.

But Berdych’s campaign hit a snag when he fell victim to the quick turnaround between Stockholm and the Valencia Open 500, losing in the first round of the indoors event in Valencia to Pablo Andujar in straight sets. 

Now the big-hitting Czech – who has appeared at the World Tour Finals for the past four consecutive years – has seen Andy 
Murray, who won the title in Valencia, pass him in the Race to London and with David Ferrer, Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov all coming up behind him, he needs a strong performance at the BNP Paribas Masters.

Berdych currently sits at eighth place in the Race to London with five players qualified – but Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal meaning that there are four, not three, spots left open. 

The world no. 5 has every reason to expect a strong performance from himself in Paris. He has won two indoors titles already in 2014, a 250 in Stockholm and a 500 in Rotterdam in the spring, and has made the quarterfinals or better five times in Paris, winning the event in 2005 when it was still held on carpet and recording his best result since the surface change when he reached the semifinals in 2011.

Drawn in the same quarter of the draw as the out-of-form Stan Wawrinka, Berdych – a quarterfinalist in Paris in 2012 and 2013 – should have a strong chance at a good run and he has a decent opening opponent in Adrian Mannarino.

A wildcard at the Paris Masters, France’s Mannarino defeated fellow wildcard Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6(3), 6-3 to reach the second round for the second time. Currently ranked 73 after twice dipping out of the top 100 in 2014, the tricky, left-handed Mannarino has recorded a strong year on the Challenger circuit, winning titles in Manta, Segovia and Istanbul and reaching the semifinals of Tashkent. 

At ATP World Tour level, it took Mannarino until Queen’s in June to win back-to-back matches – he reached the third round before losing to Berdych – but the French player’s best result came at the US Open, when he defeated world no. 17 Fabio Fognini in the second round before losing to Roberto Bautista Agut in the third. Most recently, Mannarino reached the quarterfinals in Stockholm with wins over Marcos Baghdatis and Alexandr Dolgopolov before falling to Matthias Bachinger.

Mannarino and Berdych have played twice and it hasn’t ended well for the French player either time, losing in straight sets on clay in 2011 and on grass in 2014. A first indoors hard-court meeting probably won’t go much better for Mannarino as Berdych’s big serve and booming groundstrokes, if they are firing with any degree of accuracy, should be too much for him on this surface. 

Mannarino and Berdych are scheduled on court in Paris at 8.30pm (7.30pm BST)


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