No. 1 Novak Djokovic Goes After A Record Seventh Title at Paris Masters Event
Pretty much all the big hitters will be in Paris for the final ATP Masters event of 2023. Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz lead the 2023 Rolex Paris Masters Odds.
Holger Rune is the defending champion as he topped Djokovic in three sets in the 2022 final.
Much of the focus will be on the players trying to secure the final three spots in the ATP Finals in Turin, Italy.
Djokovic, Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, Jannik Sinner, and Andrey Rublev have already secured spots in the ATP Finals.
When it comes to the tennis betting numbers, the next Grand Slam event is the Australian Open in January. Djokovic (+110) tops the Australian Open outrights followed by Alcaraz at +250 and Medvedev at +275.
Here’s a look at some of the storylines for the tournament that begins on Monday.
A Look At The Top Contenders
Djokovic is a front-runner in every tournament he enters. His track record in Paris makes him especially dangerous.
The record holder for the most men’s Grand Slam singles titles holds the Paris Masters records with six singles titles, eight finals, 54 matches players, 45 matches won, and 17 consecutive matches.
When Djokovic plays his first match, he will set another mark by playing in Paris for the 17th time. He is currently tied with Fernando Verdasco, Feliciano Lopez, and Gilles Simon with 16 appearances.
Djokovic is 46-5 in 2023 and other than a Davis Cup match, he hasn’t played since winning the US Open with a straight-set win over Medvedev.
Alcaraz spent a good amount of 2023 at No. 1 in the ATP rankings. In his most recent ATP 1000 event, he fell in three sets to Grigor Dimitrov in the Round of 16. It was the third straight tournament when Alcaraz failed to reach the final.
He took out Rune, Medvedev, and then Djokovic to win the Wimbledon title after winning the Queens Club title.
Djokovic and Alcaraz haven’t met since the ATP 1000 final in Cincinnati won by Djokovic with the final two sets being decided by tiebreakers.
Medvedev recently reached the Beijing final thanks to posting three top-20 wins. He could factor in the 2023 Rolex Paris Masters odds.
Medvedev topped Alcaraz in the US Open semifinals before losing to Djokovic in the title match. He won the ATP 1000 events in Miami and Rome.
Sinner recently won the ATP 500 tournament in Beijing with wins over Alcaraz in the semifinals and Medvedev in the finals. He won the 1000 event in Toronto.
What About the Defending Champion?
Rune is struggling a bit right now with the tennis scores showing recent losses to No. 53 Miomir Kecmanovic and No. 122 Brandon Nakashima in his last two tournaments before finally posting some results in the Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel.
Since reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals, Rune was 1-6 before arriving in Switzerland. Still, he can’t be discounted when it comes to the 2023 Rolex Paris Masters odds.
At the Masters event in Rome, he eliminated Djokovic and Casper Ruud before losing in the singles final to Medvedev.
After winning three titles in 2023 including the Paris Masters, Rune won the clay-court event in Munich.
A Look At The US Hopes
Three Americans are set to the seeded in the Paris Masters singles draw with Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul, and Frances Tiafoe are looking to become the first U.S.-born player to win in Paris since Jack Sock in 2017.
Tiafoe and Paul both made it to the quarterfinals in the 2022 event.
Paul lost in the second round in Vienna with Fritz being knocked out in the second round in Basel.
Keep an eye on Ben Shelton who moved up to No. 15 in the ATP rankings. Shelton just won the title at the ATP 500 tournament in Tokyo after upsetting Sinner to advance to the quarterfinals in the Masters event in Shanghai.
Shelton took out Paul and Tiafoe to reach the US Open semifinals.
Contenders Keeping Busy
Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Sinner, Tiafoe, Andrey Rublev, and Alexander Zverev are all in the quarterfinals at the ATP 500 event in Vienna.
In the Basel tournament, Rune has reached the quarterfinals as has Hubert Hurkacz.
With the race for the spots in the ATP Finals heating up, there is no time to take time off.
When looking at the upcoming tennis schedule, after the Paris Masters event is over, there will be ATP 250 events in Metz (France) and Sofia (Bulgaria).
By then, the final spots in the ATP Finals should be wrapped up.
The final event of 2023 will be the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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