The final Masters 1000 of the season is here. The “city of love” will host the last event of the season before the ATP Finals and, just like every year, it looks spectacular.
Although it seemed that the battle for the World No. 1 would reignite in Paris, Roger Federer’s dropping out has left the spot wide open for Rafael Nadal, who will finish in that place of honor at the end of 2017. While the balearic player’s motivation will remain intact, Paris-Bercy is one of the tournaments that he has not been able to conquer. In 2007, David Nalbandian, from Argentina, stole that opportunity away from him.
The spaniard, who missed the Swiss Indoors due to knee issues, will debut in the second round in Paris against the winner of the match between Mischa Zverev and Hyeon Chung.
Meanwhile, Lucas Pouille will take Federer’s spot and will see action for the first time in the second round, when he plays against the winner between Feliciano López and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
Besides Nadal as the top favorite, one of the most probable contenders to come out victorious in the French capital is Alexander Zverev. The young german player has already conquered two Masters 1000 so far in 2017 (Rome and Montreal) and a third one does not look impossible, now that his skills have been proven.
Of course, Paris will welcome other great tennis players that can also be serious candidates for the title: Grigor Dimitrov, Dominic Thiem, Marin Cilic, David Goffin and a recent finalist in Basel, Juan Martín del Potro, who has declared that he will go to France to “give everything”, since he still has a chance to get into the Masters Cup in London.
In order to secure a spot in the english capital, Del Potro needs at the very least to get into the semifinals at Paris. But if Pablo Carreño Busta makes his way into the quarterfinals (or Sam Querrey or Kevin Anderson going to the semifinals), they will force the player from Tandil to reach the final, that’s if he wants to continue in the fight.
Nevertheless, even a hypothetical final does not guarantee Del Potro a ticket to London. Whatever happens in the other side of the bracket could drive him away from the last round of the year (for example, Goffin as semifinalist and Pouille as champion).
The only scenario where Del Potro secures a ticket to London is by crowning himself champion next Sunday.
The Paris Masters is ready and will not go unnoticed. There are a thousand points at stake, tennis players looking for glory and two places still available in the ATP Finals. Do you need anything else?