Ridiculous 1st Rd Tests for Nadal, Federer, Seeds at ATP Paris Masters
by Staff | October 28th, 2018, 4:33 pm

The 47th edition of the Paris Masters features a ridiculous number of floaters posing opening-round threats to the 16 seeded players, including tough starts for Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer.
American Jack Sock will be tested to defend his title and avoid a huge rankings plunge.

The final two spots for the ATP Finals will be determined this week as the ATP regular season comes to an end.

PARIS, France; surface: indoor hard

Seeds: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem, Kevin Anderson, John Isner, Grigor Dimitrov, Kei Nishikori, Borna Coric, Kyle Edmund, Fabio Fognini, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Diego Schwartzman, Jack Sock

Floaters: Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, Richard Gasquet, Denis Shapovalov, Daniil Medvedev, Gilles Simon, Lucas “Everyone Out of the” Pouille, Frances Tiafoe, (Q) Nicolas Mahut, (Q) Felicoano “F-Lo” Lopez, Alex De Minuar, Karen Khachanov, (Q) Benoit Paire, Milos Raonic, (Q) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga


All 16 seeds receive opening-round byes…

Opening-round match-ups of note include (1) Nadal vs. countryman Hot Sauce, (16) Sock vs. the Gasquet-Shapovalov winner, (11) Coric vs. Medvedev, (6) Thiem vs. the all-French Simon-Pouille winner, (4) Zverev vs. the Tiafoe-Mahut winner, (15) Schwatzman vs. the Lopez-De Minuar winner, (13) Fognini vs. Paire, (12) Edmund vs. Khachanov, and (3) Federer vs. the Raonic-Tsonga winner…

Wildcards were allotted to Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Ugo Humbert and Tsonga…

Withdrawing from the field were Chung Hyeon, Juan Martín del Potro, David Goffin and Nick Kyrgios…

Jack Sock, finishing off a disastrous 2018, is getting ready to take a potential further plunge down the ATP rankings as the defending champion, in last year’s final coming from a set down to defeat Filip Krajinovic…

Former champions in the field are Sock (2017), Djokovic (2015-13,’09), Federer (2011), and Tsonga (2008).

Did You Know? Only Novak Djokovic has been able to successfully defend the long-standing Paris Masters title, winning three years in a row (2015-13). Winning then losing in the following year’s final were six players: Stan Smith (1972-73, lost to Ilie Nastase), Boris Becker (1989-90, lost to Stefan Edberg), Guy Forget (1991-92, lost to Boris Becker), Pete Sampras (1997-98, lost to Greg Rusedski), David Nalbandian (2007-08, lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga), and David Ferrer (2012-13, lost to Novak Djokovic).

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11 Comments for Ridiculous 1st Rd Tests for Nadal, Federer, Seeds at ATP Paris Masters

Annie Says:

RAFA all the Way! He has never won it & would like to check this off his list of tourneys. But as he says, “We shall see!”
He is rested, fit and eager to go, so My Money Is On Him!!!
VAMOS RAFA!!! Luv U Babe ; ) ; ) ; )

Duff Marrs Says:

Who is Hot Sauce? LOL!

chofer Says:

Annie are you ok?

AndyMira Says:

Hehehehe……Funny Chofer!!…

Btw….Annie’s style of writing reminds me of J.S…

Humble Rafa Says:


If I didn’t have Xisca, I will definitely put you on my list of candidates. Your enthusiasm is awesome.

Margot Says:

AAAAAAHHH! Doing a Colin now, some of the punctuation on here just makes my head hurt. :(

chris ford1 Says:

Nadal has always struggled indoors. Why he has never won Paris-Bercy or the ATP Championships. Indoors events. His record for titles in indoor events is 2-33. His only real weakness as a player. Never count Rafa out, but his career seems to indicate he feels doomed when he sees a roof over his head – after he advances past the “easy outs” in early rounds. It seems to be mental, he loses his usual certainty of winning if he just executes well.

Margot Says:

^ I wonder if it’s simply the time of year/end of season. Many players are simply tired eg Cilic, or injured now at the end of a heck of a long year..
Are there any indoor tournaments at the beginning of the year, don’t think there are, but if yes, how does Rafa do?

Humble Rafa Says:

he feels doomed when he sees a roof over his head

Wow. Exaggeration may be?

chris ford1 Says:

I remind Humble of 2018 Wimbledon as well. Roof = Rafa resigned to his fate. 2-33 tsk tsk. And Wimbledon is not one of the 33. Almost like Lendl, with his famous allergy for grass anywhere but on a golf course.

SG1 Says:

Lendl kicked his allergy, won Queens (…blowing away Becker in the final) and was in two consecutive Wimbledon finals. As for Rafa, it’s not the roof that’s his problem. The slick indoor surfaces just don’t play to his strengths. It’s actually a little bit unfortunate that the back end of the year is a bit tilted in favor of players with a specific playing style. But, to be fair, the clay court season is a pretty long one and there are plenty of places around the world where clay is pervasive. I guess it sort of balances out when you think about it.

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