Nadal, Federer Headline Year-end ATP Regular Season at Paris Masters
by Jeremy Davis | October 29th, 2017, 1:09 pm
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With all the injuries currently in men’s tennis, seven of the Top 10 is the best you get at this week’s Paris Masters, where the withdrawal list would make one of the top tournaments of the year.


The last couple spots at the ATP Finals will be determined in Paris, where a regardlessly strong field is led by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Here’s a look at the four quarters of the draw:

TOP QUARTER

Top 2 Seeds: (1) Rafael Nadal, (8) Pablo Carreno Busta

Floaters: Mischa Zverev, (10) Sam Querrey, Vasek “Popsicle” Pospisil, Nicolas Mahut

Notes: (1) Nadal after a bye will start against the elder Zverev or comer Hyeon Chung of Korea…(8) Carreno Busta after a bye begins against either indoor upset specialist Nicolas Mahut or Popsicle…Nadal has not an overly-difficult path to the semifinals.

2ND QUARTER

Top 2 Seeds: (4) Alexander Zverev, (6) Grigor Dimitrov

Floaters: (9) John Isner, (13) Juan Martin del Potro, Diego Schwartzman, Viktor Troicki, Richard Gasquet, Benoit Paire

Notes: Brutal quarter of the draw with tough lower seeds and a few floaters…(4) Zverev and (13) Del Potro looking at each other in their second matches…(9) Isner after a bye will start against either of two hot-handed players, Troicki or Schwartzman, and (6) Dimitrov likewise against either Gasquet or Paire.

3RD QUARTER

Top 2 Seeds: (3) Marin Cilic, (7) David Goffin

Floaters: Denis Shapovalov, Gilles Simon, Jeremy Chardy, (11) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, (Q) Borna Coric

Notes: Few easy starts in the Masters series, and in this quarter it’s potential tough beginnings for (11) Tsonga vs. Shapovalov, (3) Cilic vs. the riser (Q) Coric, and (14) Roberto Bautista Agut vs. either Frenchman Gilles Simon or (Q) Jeremy Chardy

BOTTOM QUARTER

Top 2 Seeds: (2) Roger Federer, (5) Dominic Thiem

Floaters: (12) Kevin Anderson, (16) Jack Sock, Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, Andrey Rublev, Feliciano Lopez

Notes: (2) Federer the Basel champion as of Sunday with a likely start against his long-time lefty nemesis F-Lo, then (16) Sock…(12) Anderson will open against Hot Sauce/Rublev winner…Federer vs. Thiem quarterfinals a likelihood.

Wildcards were awarded to Frenchmen Julien Benneteau, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut…

Eleven players withdraw from the event highlighted by big names Tomas Berdych, Novak Djokovic, Nick Kyrgios, Gael Monfils, Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka…

Murray beat Isner in last year’s final…

Former champions in the field are David Ferrer (2012), Federer (2011) and Tsonga (2008).

 


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19 Comments for Nadal, Federer Headline Year-end ATP Regular Season at Paris Masters

j-kath Says:

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/tennis/872788/Roger-Federer-Paris-Masters-Rafael-Nadal

This nwsp. doesn’t hold much sway – however, it has decided to speak out as above….


chofer Says:

Reading some obnoxious comments at tennis.com about Roger’s victory. “He wasn’t play at his best” “He commited many UFEs”, etc.

Some people, it seems, never picked up a racket. I think the match was a blast. How come you can’t commit UFE when the ball is coming at you hard and deep? It seems like Roger was playing against himself and no one else. You’re as good as your opponent is on that day. And Delpo is a worthy opponent.

Everyone expecting a Goffin-like match should be warned. You can say Roger was subpar on his first serves, that’s ok. But, for me, he played even better against Delpo than he did against him in Shangai. He varied his serve greatly in spite of his execution failed at times. He made him come to the net with short balls and made him hit his BH running most of the time. He didn’t “stubbornly” played to his FH like some fans argue. Mixing up shots, deep and short as much as he could.
Maybe I did see a different match, but I’m sure non partisan fans had a blast, out there. I even read tweets saying Delpo chocked! (??), surely by some Rafa fans.

I expect in forums like this a little bit of depth on analysis. Hope some Roger fans re-watch this match with fresher eyes. You can expect to win matches like he did we Goffin when your opponent hits harder and deeper (and serves better). What kind of analysis is that?

I even remember Roger’s FH was on fire, especially on crosscourt passing-shots. Just like all week. For my money, this was the best match I saw in the last few months. I don’t think we had this intensity and speed at the USO or anywhere else after that for two hours straight. And be honest, the Shangai finals was not that contested. Even though, I truly love Fedal. Always.


chofer Says:

And Brad Gilbert thinks like me on twitter. Thank God!:)


FedExpress Says:

Federer confirms that he wont play in Paris.

Nadal will be the Year End No.1 but Federer is the player of the season, no doubt.


chofer Says:

FE

Truly? Well, he earned the right to do whatever he pleases. A shme for the draw gets unbalanced now. Not shame he won’t be number one (although he still has a slight chance)
I don’t think he’s interested in that. If I were him, I would opt to chase for the Connors record, instead. It’s the only thing he’s really after. He was already nomber one severeal years. Who cares?


Giles Says:

Whatever you say FE. We Rafans know better. Lol


Giles Says:

Rafa just needs to win one match in Paris or London to secure the YE #1.


jatin Says:

Its a very smart move by Fed, he has played enough already.
Its time for him to take some much needed rest and attack the WTF and try to win it again. :)


chofer Says:

Giles

Rafa will be number one. If I were him, I would care more about the TMC. It’s the only title lacking that matters to him, for sure. These two are chasing records, not looking who’s above the the other in rankings. That’s for humans players. Nothing will satisfy Rafa better than a title he’s never had.


chofer Says:

Jatin

A smart move he hinted at last week. A horrible move for the players who are chasing to get to TMC on the Rafa side of things:))

You super-greedy fans! lol.


Giles Says:

That’s right, super-greedy.


gonzalowski Says:

big news Giles!
so Rafa in winning one match catchs #1…

good for him, but as I said before now it’s more dificult for Rafa winning Year Finals


gonzalowski Says:

anyway Paris could be a good tournament for preparing Year end, no? and if he has the chance to win it, try


j-kath Says:

FedExpress says:

“Nadal will be the Year End No.1 but Federer is the player of the season, no doubt.”

Can’t quite make sense of what you said…..sounds “a bit of the Irish to me”!!!!!!!!


Giles Says:

All fedfans are punch drunk – they know not what they say.Lol


Okiegal Says:

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