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ATP MASTERS 1000 PARIS-BERCY
The last Masters 1000 of the season started today in Paris. The race to London is getting tighter and tighter as well as the race for year’s end World Number 1. Much could be decided this week and players are aware of that. So what’s in store for this tournament? It has all the ingredients to be a great week of tennis for fans all around the world, with a possible Djokovic-Nadal final for the top spot in the rankings or deep runs from the players who are still in contention for the Nitto ATP Finals. Let’s take a look of the draw by quarters, analysing probable matchups.
Novak Djokovic lands in the First Quarter of the draw as the number one seed. However, he doesn’t have an easy draw and is trailing 1,100 points behind Rafael Nadal for year-end World number 1. To worsen the situation, the Spaniard didn’t participate in the previous year so he has no points to defend. A hard task indeed for Djokovic. He could face Diego Schwartzman in the third round, a player fresh off a final in Vienna and with high possibilities to reach the the ATP Finals. Tsitsipas or Bautista Agut, both who collect multiple wins over the Serbian are possible opponents in the 4th round, the Greek being an incredible talent could give Novak some trouble and Agut trails 180 points behind Matteo Berrettini for the last spot in the race to London. Even if Djokovic comes through he’ll have to face most likely, Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals, someone who has troubled him deeply in recent times. Not an easy draw at all for the sixteen-time Grand Slam winner.
The Second Quarter is pretty balanced on paper at first glance. But then, you see Medvedev’s track record since Wimbledon and it’s a scary sight. The russian is an absolute machine since the main grass tournament, reaching the Final or winning every single competition he participated. If he continues on that kind of level it’s hard seeing someone take down the World’s No.4. He can have a serve battle with John Isner in the third round and then face off Dominic Thiem in the quarters. Thiem is coming off a title in his home country, currently showing a really good form on hard indoors, and if they indeed battle it out in the quarters, it could be a close one. His possible semi-final could be against Novak Djokovic.
Alexander Zverev headlines the Third Quarter in Paris Bercy Masters 1000, due to Roger Federer withdrawal. This is supposedly the weakest quarter of the tournament. If the German somehow demonstrates his recent form that he produced at Shanghai he could reach the Semis with no problem at all. Even if he faces Fabio Fognini, a player who’s competing hard to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals, he should advance to the quarters, probably encountering Gael Monfils, who’s in poor form recently, even though he reached the semi-finals in his previous tournament at Vienna. Zverev’s semi-final opponent could be Rafael Nadal or Stan Wawrinka.
The last quarter of this tournament is probably the most stacked one. Rafael Nadal is joined by the likes of Stan Wawrinka, Karen Khachanov, Matteo Berrettini and Marin Cilic. The current US Open champion faces some serious competition to get to the semi-final here in Paris. Add to that, that the 33-year-old never won the Masters 1000 Paris and things start to complicate. He’ll need to go through the winner of Wawrinka and Cilic, two players that on a good day can pose him a threat to move further. If he completes the task, one of Berrettini or Khachanov could be waiting on the other side of the court. The Italian is trying to guarantee a spot for the first time in the ATP Finals and the Russian still has a slim chance to make it. Even if the year-end World number 1 is on the line, and Nadal gives his best to win Paris for the first time, he still faces a gigantic task due to his history here and the draw he’s been given. On the other side, if he makes a deep run, the world No.1 should be a lock by the end of the year.
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