Djokovic, Alcaraz Race For No. 1 Resumes At Paris Masters; Last Turin Spots At Stake

by Staff | October 30th, 2023, 12:31 am
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The final stop on the regular season of the ATP takes place this week for the Paris Indoors Masters. Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz return to the City of Lights not to win a Slam but to take the last Masters of the season and to strengthen their chance to finish the season No. 1.

Djokovic, 6-time champion, and Alcaraz are in the same draw for the first time since the US Open. Alcaraz, who hasn’t won a title since Wimbledon, needs is exactly 500 points behind the Serb for the top spot in the Race.

Also on the line are the last three spots in Turin. With No. 6 Tsitsipas and No. 7 Zverev all but locked, the final spot figures to come down to Paris defending champion Rune, Fritz, Hurkacz and Ruud.

All Top 15 players in the field and 29 of the Top 30, missing only Cameron Norrie.

Top seeds are: 1 Novak Djokovic, 2 Carlos Alcaraz, 3 Daniil Medvedev, 4 Jannik Sinner, 5 Andrey Rublev, 6 Holger Rune, 7 Stefanos Tsitsipas, 8 Casper Ruud, 9 Taylor Fritz, 10 Alexander Zverev, 11 Hubert Hurkacz, 12 Tommy Paul, 13 Alex De Minaur, 14 Frances Tiafoe, 15 Ben Shelton, 16 Karen Khachanov.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC QUARTER
Seeds: 1 Djokovic, 6 Rune, 9 Fritz, 15 Shelton
Floaters: Davidovich Fokina, Griekspoor, Eubanks, Etcheverry, Kecmanovic, Fils, Wawrinka, Thiem
Notable openers: Miomir Kecmanovic-Tomas Martin Etcheverry, Tallon Griekspoor-Christopher Eubanks, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina-Ben Shelton, Taylor Fritz-Sebastian Baez, stan Wawrinka-Dominic Thiem
Projected 3R matches: 1 Djokovic – 15 Shelton, 9 Fritz – 6 Rune
Notes: Novak Djokovic and Holger Rune could collide in the final rematch in the quarterfinals. Djokovic might have a rematch in the third round with Ben Shelton while Rune will have a tougher task of having to get through Stan Wawrinka-Dominic Thiem and then potentially Taylor Fritz in a key Turin showdown.

JANNIK SINNER QUARTER
Seeds: 4 Sinner, 5 Rublev, 12 Paul, 13 De Minaur
Floaters: Mannarino, Murray, Van De Zandschulp, Gasquet
Notable openers: Andy Murray-Alex De Minaur, Tommy Paul-Richard Gasquet
Projected 3R matches: 4 Sinner – 13 De Minaur, 12 Paul – 5 Rublev
Notes: The red-hot Jannik Sinner is the clear favorite in this quarter. The Italian won two titles over Daniil Medvedev in October, and figures to cruise to the quarters here where he’ll likely face Andrey Rublev or perhaps Tommy Paul. Former champion Andy Murray hopes to snap out of a funk against Alex De Minaur who he’s struggled against.

DANIIL MEDVEDEV QUARTER
Seeds: 3 Medvedev, 8 Ruud, 11 Hurkacz, 14 Tiafoe
Floaters: Musetti, Dimitrov, Cerundolo, Jarry, Bublik, Korda, Lehecka, Bautista Agut, Monfils
Notable openers: Gael Monfils-Francisco Cerundolo, Jiri Lehecka-Roberto Bautista Agut, Sebastian Korda-Hubert Hurkacz, Frances Tiafoe-Alexander Bublik, Grigor Dimitrov-Lorenzo Musetti,
Projected 3R matches: 8 Ruud – 11 Hurkacz, 14 Tiafoe – 3 Medvedev
Notes: Former champion Daniil Medvedev will have his hands full with a tough draw. Grigor Dimitrov, who opens against Lorenzo Musetti in one of the better first round matches, has been in form and then the Russian could get Frances Tiafoe followed by Turin hopeful Hubert Hurkacz. The Polish star will open against Sebastian Korda with past winner Gael Monfils or Casper Ruud looming.

CARLOS ALCARAZ QUARTER
Seeds: 2 Alcaraz, 7 Tsitsipas, 10 Zverev, 16 Khachanov
Floaters: Auger Aliassime, Struff, Humbert, Safiullin, Van Assche,
Notable openers: Felix Auger Aliassime-Jan Lennard Struff, Marton Fucsovics-Alexander Zverev
Projected 3R matches: 7 Tsitsipas – 10 Zverev, 16 Khachanov – 2 Alcaraz
Notes: The Europeans star in the bottom quarter. Carlos Alcaraz returns but is in a tough section with potentially former champion Karekn Khachanov third round and then either Alexander Zverev or Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarters.

Former champions: Novak Djokovic (6), Holger Rune, Andy Murray, Daniil Medvedev, Karen Khachanov
Former finalists: Gael Monfils (2), Alexander Zverev

Last year, Holger Rune defeated (6) Novak Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

LAST 10 PARIS MASTERS CHAMPIONS/FINALS
2022 Holger Rune d. Novak Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
2021 Novak Djokovic d. Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
2020 Daniil Medvedev d. Alexander Zverev 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
2019 Novak Djokovic d. Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4
2018 Karen Khachanov d. Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-4
2017 Jack Sock d. Filip Krajinovic 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
2016 Andy Murray d. John Isner 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-4
2015 Novak Djokovic d. Andy Murray 6-2, 6-4
2014 Novak Djokovic d. Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-3
2013 Novak Djokovic d. David Ferrer 7-5, 7-5


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