Preview: ATP Paris to Determine Final Year-end Spots; Djokovic, Federer Fight For No. 1
by Staff | October 26th, 2014, 10:53 am

Rafael Nadal is out with impending appendix surgery, Andy Murray and David Ferrer are trying to lock down the final two spots at the ATP World Tour Finals, and Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov are clamoring to stay in the year-end hunt during the final week of ATP play at the BNP Paribas Masters Paris in France.

The Top 16 seeds are Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, David Ferrer, Kei Nishikori, Tomas Berdych, Milos Raonic, Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Roberto Bautista Agut, Feliciano Lopez, John Isner, Kevin Anderson, Gilles Simon, and Fabio Fognini.

Raonic has a favorable draw until a potential quarterfinal meeting with Federer. Dimitrov not so much as he is slated to meet Murray in the third round.

The event also looms large for Federer, who could use the final Masters tournament as a springboard to overtake Djokovic for the year-end No. 1 ranking, helped by the Swiss Open title he captured on Sunday.

In last year’s Paris final, Djokovic defeated Ferrer for his second career Masters Paris crown.

The 16 seeds all receive byes in Paris, but a few opening round matches remain in Gael “Force” Monfils vs. Joao “Phllips” Sousa (winner to meet (13) Isner), Basel finalist David Goffin vs. Lukas Rosol (winner to meet (4) Ferrer), a potential opener for (15) Simon vs. Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, Tommy Robredo vs. Vasek “Popsicle” Pospisil (winner to meet (6) Nishikori), (11) Bautista Agut likely to meet Richard Gasquet in his opener, and (16) Fognini likely to meet “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic in his opener.

Wildcards went to Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Adrian Mannarino and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, while withdrawing from the event were Nicolas Almagro (foot), Juan Martín del Potro (wrist), Rafael Nadal (impending appendix surgery), Marin Cilic (arm), and Ernests Gulbis (shoulder).

Potential quarterfinal meetings are Djokovic vs. Murray, Ferrer vs. Nishikori, Berdych vs. Wawrinka, and Federer vs. Raonic.

Past champions in the field are Djokovic (2013,’09), Ferrer (2012), Federer (2011), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2008), and Berdych (2005).

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8 Comments for Preview: ATP Paris to Determine Final Year-end Spots; Djokovic, Federer Fight For No. 1

Brando GOAT poster Says:

Good luck to Novak and Andy: may one of you clinch the title as you’ll likely have to go through a arduous draw in order to face Mr Easy Street in the final.

van orten Says:

Most Top ten wins Most Top 20 wins so far this easy road is putting away easily everyone who stands in his way

Cole Says:

thank god Fed won this title after the th.g tainted the WTAfinals title again

Polo Says:

Better Mr Easy Win than Mr Easy Lose.

Tennis Fan Says:

Worst possible pairing for Raonic … Federer is the top of the field right now and Raonic has to go deep to get to London. He would have been far better off in any other grouping to give himself chance.

Gordon Says:

Tennis Fan –

You are right, and Jack Sock is no pushover for him either should Raonic have to play him. Raonic faltered in a couple if earlier tournaments where he could have seen up a top 8 berth. He underachieved last year as well in September/October.

Addiced Says:

Those complaining about the “rigged draw” for Federer ignore the fact that Muray is seeded 8th! If you take th names away from the seeds and look at the draw, an objective observer would argue that if anything, the draw was rigged for Djokovic.

Of course all the rigged draw nonsense is just that. Nonsense. The real problem has been The mistmatch between the perception of Andy as a top 4 player, and his actual ranking, which has him struggling to stay in the top 8.

Pamela Says:

I have been reading all your comments for a few years. The person who calls himself “Brandon GOAT, I’m just curious why even when Roger is playing fabulous tennis again you can’t simply say that. Why do you always find some excuse to try and diss him? I get that you are obsessed with Rafa. Go for it. Just curious why you always feel the need to be so nasty. I don’t want to get in debate with you or go back and forth. Just curious why you can’t give someone their due, even when they clearly deserve it. Can you tell me why?

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