ATP Shanghai Masters 2023: Singles draw preview and prediction featuring Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, and Ben Shelton
Daniil Medvedev is drawn in the fourth quarter while Carlos Alcaraz is in the first.
Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, Ben Shelton (Images via ATP Tour)
ATP Shanghai Masters is making a comeback on the tour after four years and thus it is going to be exciting for the fans. With 1000 ranking points and a whopping USD 8.8 million up for grabs, the top tennis players from around the globe will battle it out in China, starting on October 4.
While World No.1 player Novak Djokovic will be missed, the younger crop of players like Carlos Alcaraz, Holger Rune, Jannik Sinner, and Ben Shelton will be worth watching. Meanwhile, defending champion Daniil Medvedev will hope to bag his fifth tour-level title this year.
- Tournament: ATP Shanghai Masters 2023
- Date: October 4-15, 2023
- Number of Entrants: 96 (Singles), 32 (Doubles)
- Venue: Shanghai, China
- Surface: Hard Court
- Prize Money: $8,800,000
- Defending champion (Singles): Daniil Medvedev
Top Seeds at ATP Shanghai Masters 2023
- Carlos Alcaraz
- Daniil Medvedev
- Holger Rune
- Stefanos Tsitsipas
- Andrey Rublev
- Jannik Sinner
- Taylor Fritz
- Casper Ruud
Singles Draw Preview
Reigning Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz, who is the top seed at the ATP Shanghai Masters has been drawn in the first quarter with Grigor Dimitrov and Karen Khacahnov.
The World No.2, making his debut at the ATP 1000 event has been given a bye in the first round and will face either Nuno Borges or Gregoire Barrere in the second round. Alcaraz might meet Daniel Evans in his third-round match while a potential clash with either Dimitrov or Khachanov awaits the Spaniard in the fourth round.
In the second half of the first quarter, Americans Frances Tiafoe and Taylor Fritz will be the ones to watch out for. Wildcard entrants Diego Schwartzman and Juncheng Shang will also fancy their chances against Luca Van Assche and Yosuke Watanuki respectively. However, Tiafoe and Fritz are expected to make the cut for the pre-quarterfinals and meet Alcaraz in the quarterfinals.
Quarterfinals Prediction for the first quarter: Carlos Alcaraz vs. Frances Tiafoe.
The second quarter is a bit packed with Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Tommy Paul, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, and Cameron Norrie drawn together. Among all, Tsitsipas will have all the attention for the reason that he has not won a major title this year so far.
The Greek ace who made it to the finals of the Australian Open and reached the quarterfinals at the French Open has had mediocre outings in tournaments after that. He will face Laslo Djere in the second round and might meet Ugo Humbert in the third.
If all goes well for Stefanos Tsitsipas, he might meet Matteo Arnaldi or Cameron Norrie in the fourth round. In the quarterfinals, the Greek might get to face Andrey Rublev who is expected to easily cruise into the pre-quarterfinals. The Russian has been given a bye in the first round while he is expected to face countryman Aslan Karatsev or Quentin Halys in the second round. In his third-round match, Rublev might meet Adrian Mannarino and then Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the fourth round.
Quarterfinals prediction for the second quarter: Andrey Rublev vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Eighth seed Casper Ruud and third seed Holger Rune headline the third quarter. The two players have been drawn in the two halves of the third quarter. While Ruud faces either Daniel Altmaier or Yoshihito Nishioka in his second-round match, Rune is expected to meet Bernabe Zapata Miralles in the second round. In the third round, Rune might meet Tomas Martin Etcheverry while Ruud can expect Christopher Eubanks as his third-round opponent.
In the pre-quarterfinals, Casper Ruud might get to face either Stan Wawrinka or Alex de Minaur while Holger Rune can meet Hubert Hurcakz or Lorenzo Musetti in the pre-quarters. And the two are expected to sail through and meet each other in the quarterfinals.
Quarterfinals prediction for the third quarter: Casper Ruud vs. Holger Rune.
The fourth and last quarter of the ATP Shanghai Masters is the most packed one with as many as six players from the top 20 seeds drawn in the quarter. Among them, defending champion Daniil Medvedev and sixth seed Jannik Sinner are the ones to watch out for. Also, Alexander Zverev, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and Ben Shelton will be top contenders for the quarterfinals. Jannik Sinner might face 25th seed Sebastian Baez in his third-round match.
Meanwhile, Alexander Zverev and Andy Murray will meet each other in the second round and the winner is expected to meet Ben Shelton in the third round. Zverev is expected to topple the American and book himself a clash with Sinner in what will be a re-match of the 2023 US Open pre-quarters. Daniil Medvedev, meanwhile, will be waiting for Canadian Felix-Auger Aliassime in the fourth round and is expected to meet one of Sinner or Zverev in the quarterfinal.
Quarterfinals prediction for the fourth quarter: Daniil Medvedev vs. Jannik Sinner.
In the first semifinal, Carlos Alcaraz might meet Stefanos Tsitsipas while Daniil Medvedev is expected to meet Casper Ruud in the second semifinal.
Alcaraz might ease past Tsitsipas considering the head-to-head record between them. The Spaniard leads it 5-0. In the second semifinal, Daniil Medvedev would not have much trouble beating Sinner who trails 0-6 in the head-to-head record.
It is expected to be a faceoff between Daniil Medvedev and Carlos Alcaraz in the final. It is expected to be a thrilling contest as the head-to-head record between two players stands level at 2-2.
On hard court as well, it is 1-1. However, considering his recent form, Medvedev might just topple the Spaniard and successfully defend his crown in Shanghai.
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