On Saturday afternoon the ATP Masters 1000 ladder was pulled on the hard courts in Paris. A very important tournament in the context of the battle for the 2021 ATP Finals will take place at Bercy Hall, who will face Hubert Hurkacz?

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Hubert Hurkacz

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After an unsuccessful performance in Vienna, Hubert Hurkacz’s situation became complicated. The Pole lost his place in the top eight of the season, which qualifies for the Champions League. Now he has to hunt down Casper Rudd and Janek Sener. The latter is still fighting in the Austrian capital and may be far from the inhabitants of Wroclaw.

Hurkacz’s difficult mission in Paris

In such a situation, it will be very important to perform in the indoor event in Paris, which is the last ATP Masters 1000 rating this season. Hurkacz was ranked number seven and bid a first-round farewell. His opponent in the second stage will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff or the qualified tennis player (or the lucky loser).

“Hubi” didn’t have an easy draw. It ended up in the second quarter. If he wins the first match, he could stand in his way Britain’s Andy Murray (who just lost in Vienna) or Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime (who also has a chance to play in the ATP Finals). In a possible quarter-final, Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas could be waiting for the third in the world.

The sinner received a gift from his countryman

Hurkacz’s biggest rivals in the race to Turin, Rod and Sener found themselves in the second half of the championship. The Norwegian is ranked “six” and will meet Kazak Alexander Bublik or Britain’s Daniel Evans at the start. In its quarter there are, among others, Argentine Diego Schwartzman, Bulgarian Grigor Demetro or Olympic champion from Tokyo German Alexander Zverev.

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On the other hand, Sinner was originally supposed to start from the first round. However, just before the draw, Matteo Berrettini retired from the start, complaining of neck problems. Thanks to the decision of his compatriot, the talented 20-year-old was marked with an “eight” and thus received a farewell in the first round. Inauguration tasks do not have to be easy, because his opponent will be the Frenchman Pierre Higgs Herbert or the sensational Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz.

Djokovic and Medvedev are the biggest stars

In Paris, Novak Djokovic will return to competition after a break of several weeks. The ATP ranking leader has already outlined his plans for the latter part of the 2021 season – after his performance in the French capital, he will take part in the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup Final. In Percy Hall, his first opponent will be Hungarian Marton Vosovic or Italian Fabio Fognini. After that, the 20-time Grand Slam champion can beat France’s Gael Monfils, then Russia’s Andrei Rublev or Britain’s Cameron Nouri. The latter has a slight ATP Race rating loss to Hurkacz.

Danio Medvedev will defend his title in Paris. The Russian player was ranked number two and will initially meet with Belarusian Ilya Ivashka or Spain’s Albert Ramos. Then he may face a fight with fellow countryman Aslan Karasev. In the quarter-second place in the ATP rankings, Sinner also falls, with whom the duel may take place in the quarter-finals.

The Rolex Paris Masters will kick off on Monday and run until Sunday (November 7). Hurkacz plays its first game on Tuesday or Wednesday. The contest winner will get 1,000 points for the ATP ranking, while the finalist will get 600, so there’s something to fight for.

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Our representative quit doubles, where he and Auger-Aliassime were to defend the title, so we won’t see a single Polish player in doubles in Paris. The nominees will be Croatian Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, American Rajiv Ram, Britain’s Joe Salisbury, France’s Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicholas Mahut. The ladder includes an interesting pair, Novak Djokovic and Filip Krajinovic, who will get a wild card from the organizers. Serbs will want to test themselves before the Davis Cup.

Rolex Paris Masters, Paris (France)
ATP Masters 1000, Indoor Hard Court, €2.603 million prize pool

The main arc is drawn:

Novak Djokovic (Serbia, 1) Bye
Marton Fukowicz (Hungary) – Fabio Fognini (Italy)
Adrien Mannarino (France) – Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia)
Q/LL – Gael Monfils (France, 15)
Cameron Nouri (UK, 10) – Federico Delbonis (Argentina)
Filip Krajinovic (Serbia) – Riley Opelka (USA)
Lorenzo Sonego (Italy) – Taylor Fritz (USA)
Andrei Rublev (Russia, 5) Free Fate

Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece, 3rd) Bye
Lloyd Harris (RPA) – Alex de Minaur (Australia)
Laszlo Djeri (Serbia) – Q / LL
James Duckworth (Australia) – Roberto Bautista (Spain, 14)
Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada, 9) – Q/LL
Andy Murray (UK, WC) – Q/LL
Q/LL – Jan-Lennard Struff (Germany)
Hubert Hurkacz (Poland, 7) Free Fate

Casper Ruud (Norway, 6) Bye
Alexander Bublik (Kazakhstan) – Daniel Evans (Great Britain)
Francis Tiafoe (USA) – Q / LL
John Millman (Australia) – Diego Schwartzman (Argentina, 11)
Gregor Demetro (Bulgaria, 16) – Richard Gasquet (France)
Karen Khachano (Russia) – Q / LL
Dusan Lajovic (Serbia) vs Mackenzie MacDonald (USA)
Alexander Zverev (Germany, 4) Free Fate

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Jannik Sinner (Italy, 8) Bye
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (France, WC) – Carlos Alcaraz (Spain)
Q/LL – Arthur Rinderknech (France, WC)
Benoit Pierre (France) – Pablo Carreno (Spain 12)
Aslan Karasev (Russia, 13) – Sebastian Korda (US)
Marin Cilic (Croatia) – Alejandro Davidovic Fokina (Spain)
Ilya Ivashka (Belarus) – Albert Ramos (Spain)
Danio Medvedev (Russia, 2) Free Fate

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