Paris, November 2:
Tomas Berdych upset second-seeded Guillermo Coria 6-4, 6-2 to reach the third round of the Paris Masters.
Coria needed to win the match to clinch a spot in the Masters Cup in Shanghai, but looked sluggish against the Czech, who is ranked 50th. Coriaâ€™s chances to play in the November 13-20 Masters Cup â€” featuring top eight players â€” depend on other results and eventual withdrawals.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi already have qualified â€” but Federer, Nadal and Safin are either injured or recovering from injuries.
Also on Tuesday, No 6 Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia advanced to the third round beating James Blake of the US 6-3, 6-4 and No 8 Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic downed Spainâ€™s Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 6-2.
Blake had double-break point with Ljubicic serving for the match at 5-4, but the Croat held and sealed the match with an ace.
No 4 Mariano Puerta of Argentina lost 6-3, 7-6 to Novak Djokovic of Serbia-Montenegro. Third-seeded Nikoley Devydenko of Russia eased into the third round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Britainâ€™s Greg Rusedski, the 1998 Paris Masters champion.
In the remaining first-round matches, Fernando Verdasco of Spain struggled past Ecuadorâ€™s Nicolas Lapentti 6-7, 7-5, 7-5 and next plays Robby Ginepri of US. French Arnaud Clement defeated Germanyâ€™s Nicolas Kiefer 6-4, 1-6, 7-6; Max Mirnyi of Belarus beat Nicolas Massu of Chile 6-2, 6-3; and American Taylor Dent downed French Sebastien Grosjean 6-4, 7-6.