Paris Masters 2021: Men’s Singles Draw Preview and Prediction

The 2021 Paris Masters will begin from November 1 and will feature Novak Djokovic as the top seed. World No.2 and defending champion Daniil Medvedev is seeded second.

Daniil Medvedev, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Alexander Zverev
Daniil Medvedev, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Alexander Zverev

The last masters tournament of the season, the Paris Masters at Bercy will commence from November 1. The tournament will be the last major opportunity for the players to qualify for the ATP Finals.

Tournament Details:

  • Tournament: Paris Masters 2021
  • Date: November 01 – 07, 2021
  • Number of Entrants: 56 (Singles), 24 (Doubles)
  • Venue: Paris, France
  • Surface: Indoor Hard Court
  • Prize Money: €3,151,145
  • Defending champion: Daniil Medvedev

Top Seeds at Paris Masters

  • Novak Djokovic
  • Daniil Medvedev
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas
  • Alexander Zverev
  • Andrey Rublev
  • Casper Ruud
  • Hubert Hurkacz
  • Jannik Sinner

Men’s Singles Draw Preview and Prediction

First Quarter

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

World No.1 Novak Djokovic headlines the top quarter of the draw and has been handed a tough draw. He gets a first round bye and will face either Marton Fucsovics or Fabio Fognini in the second round. He is drawn alongside in form Gael Monfils who opens against a qualifier. Monfils could face either Adrian Mannarino or Nikoloz Basilashvili in the next round.

5th seed Andrey Rublev will take on the winner of Taylor Fritz vs Lorenzo Sonego in the second round after receiving an opening round bye. Indian Wells champion Cameron Norrie will open his campaign against Federico Delbonis and could face big serving American Reilly Opelka in the next round. Djokovic is expected to face Monfils in the Round of 16 while Rublev could face Norrie.

First Quarterfinal: Novak Djokovic vs Cameron Norrie

Second Quarter

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas

Third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas is handed a first round bye and could face in form Lloyd Harris or Alex de Minaur in the second round. Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut will take on James Duckworth in the opener and is expected to face Laslo Djere in the next round. Tsitsipas could face Bautista Agut in the Round of 16.

7th seed Hubert Hurkacz and 9th seed Felix Auger Aliassime are drawn in the same mini-quarter. Felix will open against a qualifier while Hurkacz gets a first round bye and could face Jan Lennard Struff in the second round. Former champion Andy Murray will face a qualifier in the opening round and is expected to lock horns with Felix in the next round.

Second Quarterfinal: Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Felix Auger Aliassime

Third Quarter

Alexander Zverev
Alexander Zverev

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev will face either Dusan Lajovic or Mackenzie McDonald in the second round after getting a first round bye. Grigor Dimitrov opens against French veteran Richard Gasquet and could face Karen Khachanov in the second round. Dimitrov and Zverev could meet in the Round of 16.

Casper Ruud too gets a first round bye and will face the winner of Dan Evans vs Alexander Bublik. 11th seed Diego Schwartzman is also in the third quarter and will face John Millman in the first round. The Argentine could face in form Frances Tiafoe in the next round. Ruud and Schwartzman are expected to lock horns in the Round of 16.

Third Quarterfinal: Casper Ruud vs Alexander Zverev

Fourth Quarter

Daniil Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev

Defending champion Daniil Medvedev will start his campaign in the second round against the winner Ilya Ivashka vs Albert Ramos Vinolas and could then face 13th seed Aslan Karatsev in the Round of 16. Karatsev will take on Sebastian Korda in the opener and could face Marin Cilic in the second round.

In form Jannik Sinner receives a first round bye and could face Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz in the second round. The 18-year old Spaniard takes on Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the first round. 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta takes on Benoit Paire in the opener and is expected to face Arthur Rinderknech in the next round. Sinner and Carreno Busta could meet in the Round of 16.

Fourth Quarterfinal: Daniil Medvedev vs Jannik Sinner

Semifinals

Jannik Sinner
Jannik Sinner

Novak Djokovic will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first semifinal. The Serbian machine is the favorite to win the tournament while Tsitsipas has proved he has the game to challenge Djokovic. However, the fast courts of Paris will favour the Serb more and he is expected to reach the final.

In the second semifinal, Jannik Sinner will take on Alexander Zverev. Sinner has been the best player on indoor hardcourts this season while Zverev has won two masters title this season. It will be a mouth watering clash as their is very less separating the two based on recent form.

Paris Masters Final: Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev

Final

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

World No.1 Novak Djokovic will lock horns against Alexander Zverev in the final of the 2021 Paris Masters. Both Djokovic and Zverev have been very consistent all season. Zverev defeated Djokovic at the Tokyo Olympics and this could be the perfect opportunity for the Serb to avenge his loss.

Champion: Novak Djokovic

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