Djokovic, Nadal Close In On Paris Masters Final; Monfils Misses ATP Finals Spot
by Staff | November 1st, 2019, 9:04 pm

Locked in a battle for the year-end No. 1 ranking, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal moved to within a win of a colossal final showing Sunday in the Paris Masters.

Djokovic, who’s behind Nadal in the 2019 points race, destroyed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-1, 6-2, avenging a loss to the Greek last month.

“I played one of the best matches of the season. I prepared myself very well for this match,” Djokovic said after the 58-minute win. “I lost to Stefanos about three weeks ago in Shanghai. and obviously I went through the videos, understand what I did well, what I didn’t do so well, what I can do better.”

Djokovic will now take on US Open semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov. The Bulgarian got pat Cristian Garin 6-2, 7-5.

“Since the US Open he’s playing at a different level, a high level. He always had the game. It’s just sometimes a matter of things coming together, really, mentally and at the right time,” Djokovic said of Dimitrov. “The past three months have been quite good for him results-wise. Beating Roger US Open was a huge confidence booster for him, I’m sure. And he’s been playing some terrific tennis this week.”

Nadal kept pace by dismissing French favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(4), 6-1. He’ll now get the surprising Denis Shapovalov who continued a strong fall season beating Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-2.

With a win, Monfils would have taken the final spot in the ATP Finals but never had a chance. Instead, that now belongs to Matteo Berrettini who completes the field.

“To be honest, Denis outplayed me,” said Monfils. “It wasn’t the best match I played. But I think I couldn’t have [done much] better today. I gave everything I had, and Denis was just too good for me today.”

Shapovalov advances to his fourth Masters semifinal and he’s 8-1 in his last nine matches.

“I feel like with that title with Stockholm, it kind of gave me a sense of calmness, relief,” said Shapovalov. “I’ve just been able to enjoy the last couple weeks of the season and, because of that, I feel like I’ve been able to play really well.”

The Canadian and Nadal have split two career meetings.

“I’ve beaten both of them before, but they’re unbelievable players, and they’ve beaten me as well. It’s going to be a tough match,” said Shapovalov. “They’ve been having amazing weeks, and they’re both playing some really good tennis. So hopefully we can have an exciting match.”

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11 Comments for Djokovic, Nadal Close In On Paris Masters Final; Monfils Misses ATP Finals Spot

Wog Boy Says:

Congratulations Springboks, what a match, they outmuscled, outplayed and outsmarted England!
I know this has nothing to do with tennis, but tonight rugby was better than tennis, South Africa is on top of the world, deserving World Champion.

Alison Hodge Says:

That they did Wogboy lol, your quite right, deserved champions ;-)

Wog Boy Says:

Alison, I didn’t have my horse in this game, I just wanted to enjoy the match, but I got much more than I bargained for, as the match was unfolding I found myself cheering Springboks, same as I cheered England against Kiwis, another great match, actually entire World cup was memorable, with Japan team as the biggest surprise.

Dave Says:

I woke up and watched the highlights and am in total shock. I thought England would win easily. And the game wasn’t even close. Rugby this year is impossible to tell who will win.

FedExpress Says:

Dimitrov mugging when it really matters. 5-3 up in the TB and lost 4 points in a row. One simple volley cocked up.

Daniel Says:

Djoko raising his level when needed. 2 points of the last 3 in tiebreak with more than 32 shots won by him. Dimi had a swing volley FH to go DTL and make it 6-3 but went cross court and missed. Expect Djoko to win an easy set now, book his place in final and puta extra pressure on Nadal.

FedExpress Says:

Nadal playing the injury card. Withdrew.

How tf you get injured when practicing?

Tricky_yellow_balls Says:

The word is that he didn’t get injured during tennis practice. Apparently he got the injury while performing marital duties. His d#@k wondered into a wrong place which lead to his b@lls being entangled. This type of injury would make butt picking very painful therefore leaving him without an essential element of his game.

j-kath Says:

Yep Wog Boy and Alison – was a great match – switched it on a bit late this morning but watching the brilliance of the Springbox – England looked amateur towards the end. As an ex-South African resident – it is so wonderful that their Captain came from a township.

So tennis – cheers for Joker but what happened to Rafa?

Daniel Says:

Djoko has to do his part now and win the title. Still, what happens inWTF is not entirely on his hands. With Paris title ha reduces the gap to 640 pts. Meaning even if he beats Nadal in finals undefeated but if Nadal also reaches there undefeated (1000 pts) the 1500 from WTF won’t be enough. This means that Djoko will have to win the title undefeated and Nadal can even reach finals as long as he loses 1 single round robin. There is other scenarios bit the best one is Djoko to somehow draw Nadal in semis and eliminate him there. This way he guarantee that he will play the title match in London for the #1 ranking on his racquet.

If Nadal doesn’t play WTF due to this injury things looks better for Djoko. He will just have to reach final and can even lose one match. Other scenarios depends on Nadal results. But Djoko has to reach WTF finals regardless to have a chance.

Dave Says:


Scenerio #2 seems a lot more likely considering Nadal got the same injury last year except almost a week earlier in Paris and had more time to recover for London. Now he has way less recovery time than last year and the added pressure of playing Davis Cup this year, which he didn’t have last year. Maybe I have the injury mixed up with 2 years ago, but it feels like this was last years. 2 years ago was his knee and he still almost beat Goffin even with a bad knee. So the reality seems to suggest that there is a very low chance of Nadal playing. But I could be totally wrong.

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