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4 things to know ahead of the Rolex Paris Masters

Oct 29, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

It’s here – the final ATP Masters 1000 event of 2017! Before coverage kicks off on TSN (click here for full broadcast information), here are four things to know ahead of the Rolex Paris Masters.

1. Canadians in the draw

Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil are the two Canadians in the Paris draw this year. Pospisil came through qualifying while Shapovalov earned direct entry.

Both drew French veterans and wildcards in the first round: Shapovalov opens against Julien Benneteau while Pospisil gets Nicolas Mahut.

The Frenchmen hold winning records over the Canadians. Benneteau defeated Shapovalov in straight sets earlier this season in Marseille, and Mahut defeated Pospisil in their only career meeting in 2012.

Both of their first round matches will be played on Monday, October 30.

2. Top seed Nadal eyes another record

World no. 1 Rafa Nadal returns to the Rolex Paris Masters for the first time since 2015 and will be the top seed this week.

Credit: Rolex Paris Masters

After winning two Masters titles in Monte Carlo and Madrid, Nadal tied Novak Djokovic at 30 Masters 1000 titles each, a record.

If Nadal wins Paris he will hold 31 Masters titles and set a new ATP record. What is also important to note here is that, if Nadal were to win Paris, he just needs the Miami Open to complete the Golden Masters Series – achieved by winning each of the nine Masters 1000 tournaments at least once.

Nadal’s potential draw to a record-breaking 31st Masters 1000 title: (1R) Bye, (2R) Mischa Zverev, (3R) No. 15 Albert Ramos-Vinolas, (QF) No. 8 Pablo Carreno-Busta, (SF) No. 4 Alexander Zverev, (F) No. 3 Marin Cilic.

3. Popcorn match-ups

There’s a fun all-French clash between Richard Gasquet and Benoit Paire in the first round.

In the second round, Mischa Zverev could meet top seed Rafa Nadal. Two more fun second round potential matches include Grigor Dimitrov vs. Richard Gasquet and a US Open rematch between Denis Shapovalov and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

4. Final push for London

Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov, and Marin Cilic have already booked their spot at the Nitto ATP Finals in London this November. Only two spots remain and they will be filled in Paris.

Juan Martin del Potro is among the favourites to qualify after winning the title in Stockholm and reaching the final in Basel. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Goffin and Pablo Carreno Busta also have their sights set on one of the final two spots.

 

The Rolex Paris Masters kick-off on TSN4 beginning Monday, October 30 at 6 A.M. E.T.

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