The Paris Masters, or the Rolex Paris Masters to give it its full name, is an ATP World Tour Masters Event played on the indoor hardcourts of the Accor Hotels Arena in Paris. It was first played in 1968, and has since been won by the likes of Arthur Ashe, Ilie Nastase, Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Tim Henman, Andy Murray and four-time winner Novak Djokovic. However, this year’s number one seed Rafa Nadal’s best finish was runner-up in 2007, whilst number two seed Roger Federer’s only win was in 2011.
Rafa Nadal may be motivated to try his best as he tries to maintain his number one status, but there’s little getting away from the fact he’s only made the final here once, and lost. There doesn’t appear to be many stumbling blocks to him making the semi-finals but, if you want to take a flyer, then he could meet Sam Querrey in the Quarter-finals, and the big American did beat him in straight sets when they met in Acapulco this season.
A fantastic second quarter, with the likes of Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and Juan Martin Del Potro fighting it out for a spot in the semis. Much may depend on how much the last couple of weeks have taken out of the inform Del Potro but, if he’s ready to go after his first-round bye, he holds fantastic head-to-head records against his two biggest opponents.
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga is trying to make the ATP Finals, and he looks to have a good draw, having beaten both David Goffin and Marin Cilic in Rotterdam this season, whilst he also has a good record against Gilles Simon who potentially has a draw that could see him make the quarter-finals. Tsonga also won here in 2008, and was runner-up in 2011.
Federer may not have the best record here, but it’s hard to find someone to oppose him with in the final quarter. Rublev is capable of some explosive tennis, but Federer has all the ammunition to disable that power if the they meet.
Semi-Finals And Final
Del Potro holds a 3-1 lead over Querrey, and has beaten Nadal in 2 of the last 3 meetings should Nadal make it to the semi-finals. Meanwhile, Tsonga has beaten Federer on the last two occasions they’ve met. Therefore, with Federer and Nadal not having great records here, it could be worth taking three each-way punts on Del Potro, Querrey and Tsonga.
2017 Rolex Paris Master Tips
Del Potro Each-Way @ 12/1
Querrey Each-Way @ 35/1
Tsonga Each-Way @ 12/1