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 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.
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.
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
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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