'What Novak Djokovic has achieved this year is...', says former ATP star
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 3467
The last Master 1000 of the season is always important and, at times, can reserve unexpected surprises in terms of final verdicts. From Saturday 30 October, with the qualifiers, the Paris-Bercy indoor concrete tournament will be staged on Sunday 7 November, which promises to be really interesting and exciting.
The French appointment will give strong indications on who will be able to get the last two places available for the Nitto Atp Finals 2021, with a blue still fighting and determined to give everything to be able to take the pass.
The organizers have announced the main draw and the pairings of the first round. Of particular note is the return to the field, after the final lost at the US Open on 12 September and the vanished dream of the Grand Slam, of world number one Novak Djokovic, who will find himself making his debut on a different surface from the last competitions played to prepare for the best way to the 'Final 8' in Turin.
The Serbian must not underestimate his scoreboard: he will start with the winner of the match between Fucsovics and the Italian Fabio Fognini, not particularly lucky in the draw. In the quarterfinals possible crossing with Andrey Rublev, even if the Russian tennis player is not going through a positive moment of the season.
The second seed Daniil Medvedev should not have great difficulty in overcoming the first rounds (the pitfalls could be represented by the figures of Karatsev or Cilic). Then the Russian risks a face to face with Jannik Sinner, who, however, will need to confirm the great performances of Sofia, Antwerp and Vienna to continue the adventure: after the bye, the South Tyrolean awaits the talented Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, in a match that already promises sparks.
German Alexander Zverev will have to overcome obstacles of the caliber of Dimitrov and Ruud to reach the final stages of the tournament, while Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas will make his debut against De Minaur or Harris, two formidable opponents.
Nole will face Fognini or Fucsovics
Paris Masters tournament director Guy Forget believes public sentiment towards Novak Djokovic has been changing for the better in recent months. "Regarding Novak, I find that the sympathy for him is changing," Guy Forget said.
"It had happened especially in my time with Jimmy Connors but for the American it was at the end of his career and he was not at Nole's level. Novak is world number 1, he has won three of the four Grand Slam tournaments, what he has achieved this year is amazing." Forget, a former World No.
4, asserted that his tournament was "delighted" to have Djokovic's name in the field. “Of course we are delighted to have Novak with us," Forget added. "I think his choice is also linked to the fact that he will go to the Masters, and to the Davis Cup. To perform there, he needs benchmarks, to re-adjust, to find the target."