BNP Paribas Masters 2016: Thursday Tennis Scores, Results, Updated Schedule

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Published: November 3, 2016

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic fought back to beat Grigor Dimitrov at the BNP Paribas Masters on Thursday, while Marin Cilic booked his place at the ATP Tour Finals, toppling David Goffin in straight sets 

Cilic was in complete control of this one, coasting to a 6-3, 7-6 (9) win over the dangerous Belgian. He becomes the seventh player to book his spot in the end-of-season showpiece.

He'll face Djokovic and his nearest challenger Andy Murray in the finals. Murray was also in action on Thursday as he swept aside home-crowd favourite Lucas Pouille in straight sets.

Here are the results so far from the French capital and a closer look at how the action has panned out.

 



     

Recap Dimitrov showed his intent early against Djokovic as he broke the Serbian to take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Djoker hit back immediately, but as BBC 5 live's David Law noted, the Bulgarian went quickly ahead once more:



Indeed, from there he was able to see out the first set and draw first blood.

The world No. 1 responded in typical fashion, however, and took the second set in short order having tightened up his game—having made 13 unforced errors in the first set he made just five in the second, per TennisTV:



It was a similar story in the decider, despite some stand-out moments from Dimitrov:



He will play Cilic in the next round, which will be a difficult match if he repeats his performance from Thursday.

Meanwhile, Murray opened up a 3-0 lead on Pouille in the first set, having saved two break points himself. The Scot was typically dogged in his efforts:



Pouille was able to break back as he forced his way back to 3-4, but another break sealed the set for the world No. 2.

The second set was even more straightforward for t...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Tennis

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