2021 Paris Masters Preview and Predictions

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2021 Paris Masters Preview and Predictions

It is time once again for the last Masters tournament of the season before we head on down to the ATP Finals.

This year’s tournament promises to pack a punch of excitement as it will feature the majority of the top men’s players. As of today, Novak Djokovic has not pulled out and is slated to make an appearance. As we know, we won’t be counting with Nadal, Federer, or Thiem due to injury. No matter though, because the cream of the crop now consists of Medvedev, Zverev, and Tsitsipas, with Rublev not far behind. All five of these top six players will feature in Paris. All of them are in exquisite form going into the tournament. Let’s look at how good a form they are in, and what their chances are on the indoor courts of Paris.

Andrey Rublev (5)

For someone ranked #6 in the world, Rublev hasn’t had the season he had last year, when he was winning tournaments week in and week out. However, what he has had is great consistency, making the finals at both Monte Carlo and Cincinnati. I don’t see him winning this tournament though, as he’s not looking like he’s finishing the season strong. There’s been too many early exits as of late. Look for another early exit from Rublev.

Alexander Zverev (4)

Zverev has been a picture of almost perfection this year. I say almost perfection because he’s gotten very close to breaking out in a slam, only to fall short. He did win Cincinnati and Madrid though and has a great record in Masters 1000 tournaments. He’s already picked up five Masters 1000 in his young career. He may very well pick up his 6th in Paris. Zverev plays great tennis at Masters 1000 tournaments.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (3)

Tsitsipas started the season on fire, winning Monte Carlo and reaching the French Open final. Since he has fizzled though. Maybe it was too much tennis or maybe too many bathroom breaks. Either way, he is not the player he was earlier in the season. Stefanos may benefit from a short break before the Australian Open. He needs a reset.

Daniil Medvedev (2)

Medvedev is a machine. He will be a favorite here just as he is in every other tournament he enters. He’s at the top of his game having just won the US Open. He had a bit of a letdown at Indian Wells, losing to an inspired Dimitrov. He should be back to his best in Paris so look out!

Novak Djokovic (1)

Djokovic has won this tournament five times. Need we say anything more? Along with Zverev and Medvedev, he’s the clear favorite. Djokovic is not really playing for anything since he already wrapped up the number one ranking. At this point of the season, he’s simply playing for pride.

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