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Berrettini forfeit, Djokovic in the half of Tsitsipas’ table: the Rolex Paris Masters draw

by archysport
The stage is set. The draw delivered its verdict for the 2021 edition of the Rolex Paris Masters on Saturday with a last-minute package: Matteo Berrettini, quarter-finalist in Vienna this week, beaten after a fierce fight by Carlos Alcaraz, withdrew from the tournament. With this exception, all the players in shape of the moment will be present in an event which dedicates the return to the competition of the world number 1 Novak Djokovic. The Serbian inherited Stefanos Tsitsipas in his part of the table, while runner-up Daniil Medvedev could face Alexander Zverev in a potential semi-final.

The distribution of forces is rather balanced, but the density is such in this last Masters 1000 of the year (November 1-7) that the best will have to be vigilant from the start. Exempted from the 1st round (the first 8 seeds are), Djokovic could thus cross the iron of entry with Fabio Fognini, before theoretically finding Gaël Monfils in eighth, then Andrey Rublev in quarter. Titled during his last appearance at Bercy in 2019, the Serbian will have 1,000 points to defend (like Daniil Medvedev crowned in 2020) and could make sure to retain the first place in the world at the end of the year this week. Note that he will also play the double, which is rare enough to be noted.

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For Medvedev, the task will not be easy either. After a debut against Ilya Ivashka or Albert Ramos Vinolas, the Russian could find his compatriot Aslan Karatsev, very dangerous indoors as his recent title in Moscow proves. Then Jannik Sinner could stand in his way in quarterback. But before that, the Italian will probably have to get rid of Carlos Alcaraz in the second round in a shock of ambitious youngsters who are eagerly awaited (they could also end up in the Vienna final this week).

The six Blues directly involved in the final table have experienced more or less enviable fates. The less fortunate are undoubtedly Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who will challenge Alcaraz in the first round, and Richard Gasquet who will face Grigor Dimitrov. For Adrian Mannarino and Benoît Paire, respectively opposed to Nikoloz Basilashvili and Pablo Carreno Busta, the outlook is not much better. On the other hand, Gaël Monfils and Arthur Rinderknech will probably have more chances to pass the first obstacle against qualified (or lucky losers). Ugo Humbert had given up in the morning, announcing his end of the season.
Monfils and Rinderknech could also fall on other French, since seven representatives of France, including Lucas Pouille, Gilles Simon or Hugo Gaston, are engaged in qualifying. Finally, among the notable potential second rounds, Andy Murray and Félix Auger-Aliassime (both faced with qualifiers or lucky losers entry) could find themselves, while Stefanos Tsitsipas will have a hard time either facing Lloyd Harris or against Alex from Minaur.

The eighth if the hierarchy is respected:

  • Djokovic – Monfils
  • Norrie – Rublev
  • Tsitsipas – Bautista Agut
  • Auger-Aliassime – Hurkacz
  • Ruud – Schwartzman
  • Dimitrov – Zverev
  • Sinner – Carreno Busta
  • Karatsev – Medvedev

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