The Rolex Paris Masters, the final ATP Masters 1000 event of the season, gets underway in the French capital. Many of the world’s best are still vying for ranking points before the ATP World Tour Finals and the impending offseason.
The Rolex Paris Masters has become a staple on the ATP Tour calendar with since its inception back in 1968. The Bercy has become one of the premier indoor tennis venues on the planet with so many memorable matchups taking place there throughout the years. It is the only Masters 1000 event to be played indoors and is renowned for its lightning-quick court speed.
The event is an ATP Masters 1000 meaning that is compulsory for the world’s top 32 players to take part (injuries permitting) and with 1000 ranking points on offer, it is one of the biggest events in the calendar outside of the Grand Slams. With the draw being complete in just one week, the 48 players competing can expect a hectic schedule should they manage to reach the latter stages of the event.
The Rolex Paris Masters takes place at the Accor Hotels Arena (formally known as the Bercy) in central Paris where it has been housed for over 30 years.
Saturday 27th October – Sunday 4th November 2018.
As one of the biggest events on the ATP Tour outside of the majors, the Rolex Paris Masters has a prestigious roll-call of previous winners. The list is headed up by Novak Djokovic who has won the event on 4 previous occasions – most recently in 2015. Marat Safin and Boris Becker have won the event on 3 previous occasions; meanwhile, perennial champions Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi have both won the event twice. Novak Djokovic is the only man to retain the Paris Masters – winning the event in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
2018 Rolex Paris Masters Tournament Preview
Four-time champion, Novak Djokovic, arrives in Paris full of confidence having just picked up the Shanghai Masters to add to his triumphs at Wimbledon and the US Open. The Serb is chasing the world number 1 spot from Rafael Nadal who is an injury doubt here in Paris – in an event he is yet to win. Roger Federer struggled through the draw in Shanghai and rarely plays the event in Paris, so could miss out once again this year with the World Tour Finals looming in London.
Elsewhere, Alexander Zverev was in good form in Shanghai. He reached the last 4 and could be a threat here. Meanwhile, Juan Marin del Potro is also an injury doubt after withdrawing in China. Outsiders align in the form of Kevin Anderson and Kei Nishikori who both reached the latter stages in Shanghai. They will both be looking to keep their strong respective runs going as the season draws to a close.
Outright Winner Odds:-
The final ATP Masters 1000 event promises to be a fascinating one with so many big names in action. With plenty of places at the Tour Finals in London up for grabs, it should be a very competitive week of tennis in Paris.
Here are some of our favourites for the title in Paris:
Novak Djokovic– 6/4 (William Hill) –
Seemingly nothing can stop Novak Djokovic currently; the Serb is riding the crest of a wave at the top of men’s tennis. Having won in Shanghai last time out, to rise back to number 2 in the world rankings – he will once again be the man to beat here. With his incredible record in Paris, he has justified favouritism.
Roger Federer – 5/1 (Bet365) –
The Swiss supremo has struggled by his own incredible standards during the second half of the season. He lost in the last 8 at Wimbledon, last 16 at the US Open and in the last 4 in Shanghai last time out. In an event he has only won once, Federer will be keen to get back to form here and clinch another title.
Rafael Nadal – 6/1 (BetBright) –
World number 1, Rafael Nadal, has had an enforced injury lay off over the last month. However, he will be keen to return to the tour in form with the ATP World Tour Finals looming. In an event that has eluded his grasp over the years, the Mallorcan will be eager to break his duck here in Paris and win on the fast hard courts at the Bercy.
Alexander Zverev – 10/1 (Betsafe) –
Shanghai semi-finalist, Alexander Zverev, has been in and around the winners’ circle on many occasions this year. Now, at the age of 20 – he is spearheading the next generation of men’s tennis. The German has a game capable of causing many people problems on the nippy courts in Paris and he is one to look out for – seeded fourth.
Marin Cilic – 12/1 (Betsson) –
It has been yet another prolific season for the Croat who reached the final of the US Open before a relatively subdued few months subsequently. His win at Queens back in June was proof that he is still more than capable. However, despite no real pedigree at this event, he could be a tough man to stop on the speedy hard courts in Paris.
Kevin Anderson – 14/1 (Coral) –
The Wimbledon runner up was on the losing side in the Laver Cup for Team World. However, his win on a personal level over Novak Djokovic will surely do the South African some good. By far and away his best season as a professional, he will be hoping to make a late surge to reach the ATP World Tour finals in London for the first time by picking up points here.
Borna Coric – 20/1 (888sport) –
The young Croat has emerged as a major player on the world scene in recent weeks. He has seen his world ranking rise to 12 after reaching the final in Shanghai – where he eliminated Federer, Del Potro and Wawrinka along the way. Despite his diminutive stature, he strikes the ball cleanly and takes on most at their own game – so should the extra pace on the courts here in Paris.
Top Pick – Novak Djokovic – 7/4 (William Hill)
Outside Pick – Kevin Anderson – 14/1 (Coral)