Previews: ATP Paris Masters Field Loaded, Djokovic Defends

by Staff | October 31st, 2015, 7:16 pm

Call it the BNP Paribas Masters, call it the Paris Masters or the Paris Indoor, call it loaded.

All of the Top 10 and 15 of the Top 16 players post this coming week for the Paris Masters, the final regular-season tournament on the ATP World Tour. Who will be hot going into the ATP Finals, where the Top 8 field is already set?

Here is the rundown:

Seeds: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, Kei Nishikori, Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet, Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic, John Isner, Gilles Simon, Feliciano Lopez, David Goffin

Floaters: Benoit Paire, Gael “Force” Monfils, “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic, Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco

Notes: All 16 seeds receive opening-round byes, but potential tough starts for (14) Simon in an all-French vs. the Paire-Monfils winner, (5) Berdych vs. Dr. Ivo, (7) Nadal vs. countryman G-Lo, (12) Cilic vs. Dimitrov, and (2) Murray starting against the Hot Sauce-Coric winner…

Did You Know? — Ilie Nastase, Andre Agassi and Roger Federer are the only players to win the Paris Masters and the French Open. And Paris Masters defending champ Novak Djokovic is the only player in the history of the tournament (since 1968) to win it back-to-back…

Quarterfinals could see Wawrinka vs. Nadal…

Wildcards went to France’s Nicolas Mahut, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Lucas “Everybody Outta the” Pouille…

Pulling from the tournament were Milos Raonic, who lost to Djokovic in last year’s final, and Tommy Robredo…

Former champions in the field are Djokovic (2014-13,’09), Ferrer (2012), Federer (2011), Tsonga (2008), and Berdych (2005).


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10 Comments for Previews: ATP Paris Masters Field Loaded, Djokovic Defends

Michael Says:

Novak to add another title !!

jane Says:

so it’s at a new site this year? new stadium? novak said it’s playing “medium fast”, and andy said it’s hard to judge because it’s not quite finished yet. but the event starts tomorrow!

Lisa Says:

Think Novak has done a bit of cheating he has not played in the last few competitions. As you see the two who just played yesterday in that Basal final names are down to play.

jane Says:

^ ??? what a strange comment. novak played and won in both bejing and shanghai. he never plays basel or valencia. nor did murray play any of those events either, lisa, so has he been “cheating” too? maybe recheck the list of mandatory events, and the rules related to those.

django Says:

It’s called jealousy

Ben Pronin Says:

Djokovic has 3 Paris Masters titles. He’s tied with Safin and Becker there, for most all time.

It’s interesting. It’s a Masters event that’s seldom been won by the biggest players. Soderling, Berdych, Ferrer, and Tsonga are all former champions. Top 10 players, for sure, but the same ones who tend to fall short when it counts the most. Federer only has won it once, that being in 2011, which is sorta shocking in how long it took him to get it, since it’s a surface that suits him well. Nadal has reach a final, losing to Nalbandian (during his hot streak).

Yeah, looking forward to a good tournament.

elina Says:

Probably because many of the top players are a bit worse for wear at year end.

The fact that Novak has three is evidence of his incomparable conditioning and playing efficiency.

Emily Says:

I think b/c it’s so close to the WTF, some of the top players prioritize that over the Paris Masters. It’s always been the outlier in terms of the winners. Novak seems to be the exception.

@jane, if someone doesn’t understand the difference b/w 500s and 1000s, don’t bother

Ben Pronin Says:

I get why, it’s just interesting. Federer didn’t even play from 04-06, his best years. Then he lost to the hot Nalbandian, withdrew with a bad back, crazy upset against Benneteau, blew match points to Monfils, then finally won it.

But the players who have won it tend to show up at WTF. It doesn’t really hinder them. Federer beat Tsonga in 2011 and I believe they faced each other in the WTF final, too.

jane Says:

it’ll be interesting this year because it’s a new surface/stadium. that may change the outcome.

novak’s scheduling has been a huge help to his success in the fall – and in general – i think. he just plays 2 events in china and then paris-london. that’s it. since he’s adopted a more precise schedule, with only 2 500 level events a season and no 250s, he’s been great in the fall. people who add tokyo, or basel, or valencia, tend to be tired out maybe, or as others have said, they prioritize the WTF.

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