2018 Rolex Paris Masters Betting Tips and Predictions, as the world’s top players gather for the final Masters event of the season. The Paris Masters is a part of the ATP World Tour 1000 series, and it’s played at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France. The tournament is played on indoor hardcourts and this year’s event will be the 47th edition of the tournament. The 48-man field will be competing for a prize fund of over £4 million, with the winner set to receive in excess of £850,000 for his triumph. American Jack Sock is the defending champion this year, after he defeated Filip Krajinovic in last year’s final to win his first Masters title.
The tournament this week also has a number of permutations surrounding it. This will be the final chance for the players to gather ranking points this season, with a number of players still in contention to qualify for the ATP Tour Finals at the O2 next month. In addition to this, if Rafael Nadal’s fit enough to compete this week, he looks set to be locked in a battle with Novak Djokovic to end the tournament as the world number one. The player who goes the furthest out of the two here will leave as the world number one, and head into the ATP Tour Finals as the top seed. In the final Masters event of the season, who will come through to win the 2018 title?
Serbian ace Novak Djokovic is the record holder for most titles won at this event, with the former world number one having won this title four times in the past. The Wimbledon champion first won this title in 2009, while he also managed to win it in three successive years between 2013 and 2015. Djokovic remains the only player to have ever successfully defended this title. However, American Jack Sock will be looking to join that club, as the defending champion comes here looking to end his season on a high. World number three Roger Federer was the champion here in 2011, and so the Swiss ace will be looking to leave here this week as a two-time Paris Masters champion. Meanwhile, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the only other former champion in this year’s field, with his sole title triumph here coming a decade ago in 2008. Will we see a new Paris Masters champion crowned in 2018?
Last 5 Champions
2017 – Jack Sock
2016 – Andy Murray
2015 – Novak Djokovic
2014 – Novak Djokovic
2013 – Novak Djokovic
Juan Martin del Potro is currently the biggest name set to be missing this week, with the world number four’s season looking like being over. The Argentine ace picked up a knee injury at the Shanghai Masters a couple of weeks ago, and it’s an injury that looks like keeping him out for a prolonged period of time. David Goffin and Nick Kyrgios will both be absent this week, after both were forced to end their respective seasons early due to elbow injuries. Australian Open semi-finalist Hyeon Chung has also withdrawn this week, after the South Korean ace decided to end his season early due to a right foot injury, while Gael Monfils also picked up an injury this past week and he’ll also be absent. Meanwhile, former champions Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych both ended their seasons earlier in the year, and so neither will be back this year looking to win their 2nd Paris Masters title. In what is shaping up to be an extremely strong field, who will come out on top to win the title?
Notable Absentees (Ranking)
Juan Martin del Potro (4)
David Goffin (12)
Hyeon Chung (26)
Gael Monfils (30)
Nick Kyrgios (37)
Tomas Berdych (75)
Andy Murray (263)
Novak Djokovic will head into this tournament as the favourite to win the title, and leave the tournament as the new world number one. It’s been quite a turnaround over the last four or five months for Djokovic, and he now finds himself on the verge of returning to the top of the sport. The fourteen-time grand slam champion could barely win a match over the first four months of the season, but he rediscovered his best game and now he’s playing the best tennis in the world again. The Serbian ace has won two grand slams this season, at Wimbledon and the US Open, while he’s also won the last two Masters events, in Cincinnati and Shanghai. This kind of tennis has seen Djokovic shoot back up the rankings, and if he can better Rafael Nadal’s result this week, Djokovic will become the new world number one. The Wimbledon champion is also coming here on an 18-match winning streak, and also having won 27 of his last 28 matches. Novak Djokovic is a four-time champion of this event, but will he do enough to walk away as a five-time champion this week?
World number one Rafael Nadal is back in action this week, after an injury he picked up during his US Open semi-final forced him to miss over a month of action. This has left Nadal in a battle to defend his number one ranking this week, and if he doesn’t match Novak Djokovic’s result this week, the Spaniard will drop down to number two in rankings. Nonetheless, before Nadal’s injury, the Spaniard was playing arguably the best tennis in the world, and so he’ll be hoping to pick up exactly where he left off. The 2007 runner-up ace has had another great season, with the highlight of it being his triumph at the French Open, where he won the title for the 11th time. Nadal has also won three Masters title this season, in Monte-Carlo, Rome and in Toronto, at the Canadian Masters. However, Nadal has never won this tournament, and so he’ll be looking to return in style by adding this title to his CV. Can Nadal make a winning return to action, and build-up some momentum ahead of the ATP Tour Finals next month?
Former world number one Roger Federer is set to return to the Paris Masters this week, after the Swiss opted to skip this tournament twelve months ago. Federer was champion here in 2011, and he’s coming into this year’s tournament in good form after reaching the semi-finals at the Shanghai Masters a couple of weeks ago. The twenty-time grand slam champion also currently finds himself in the final of the Swiss Indoors once again, and so he could be coming here after winning that title for the 9th time. It’s been a solid year for Federer on the whole, although his form has dipped slightly in the second half of the season. Nonetheless, Federer won three titles during the first half of the year, in Stuttgart, Rotterdam and most importantly at the Australian Open. The Swiss ace’s triumph at the Australian Open was his 20th grand slam victory, a landmark moment for him. Can Federer continue his fine form by winning this title for the 2nd time?
Alexander Zverev has returned to some form in recent weeks, leaving him in a prime position to make a run at this title this week. The German ace had suffered a dip in form over the latter stages of the summer, but he’s reached two semi-finals at the Shanghai Masters and Swiss Indoors in his last two tournaments. It’s been another good year for Zverev, and he comes here having already won three titles this season. These triumphs came in Munich and Washington, as well as winning his third Masters title in Madrid during the clay court season. Zverev has made giant strides in the sport over the last two years, and he’s now firmly established as one of the top five or six guys in the sport. Can Zverev re-join the winners circle to win his first Paris Masters?
South African ace Kevin Anderson is on the verge of qualifying for the ATP Finals for the first time, and he could even come here already qualified. Anderson currently finds himself in the final of the Vienna Open, and he knows if he wins that final he’s qualified for the Tour Finals. It’s been a great season for Anderson, and he’s performed well at the Masters events this year, reaching three quarter-finals and two semi-finals at the tournaments. Kevin Anderson also reached the second grand slam final of his career at Wimbledon, while his only title of the season came at the New York Open in February. Kevin Anderson might be coming here on the back of winning the biggest title of his career at the Vienna Open, but can he continue his fine form to win the title this week?
Marin Cilic is in a good position to qualify for the ATP Finals, but he hasn’t sealed his place yet. Marin Cilic has had a very up-and-down season so far, and he’s not coming here in great form. The Croatian ace has lost four of his last five matches, which has left him still needing to pick up some wins this week to qualify for the ATP Finals. Cilic’s highlight of the season was his Queen’s Club triumph, while he also reached the final at the Australian Open. Cilic has also had a decent season in these Masters event, with his best runs being a couple of semi-final appearances. The Croatian ace has also reached at least the quarter-finals in his last two appearances here, and so he’s more than capable of having a run this week.
Meanwhile, Dominic Thiem is not coming to a tournament he’s been successful at in the past. The Austrian ace has never been past the third round here, and he’ll need to this year if he’s to guarantee his place at the ATP Finals. Thiem is coming here in pretty good form after a good few tournaments. The Austrian ace won the St. Petersburg Open last month, while he reached the quarter-finals at the Vienna Open this past week. Thiem reached his first grand slam final this year at the French Open, while he also reached the final at the Madrid Masters. The French Open finalist has also won the Argentina and Lyon Open’s earlier in the season, and so it’s been a pretty good year for the Austrian. Will Thiem continue his good recent form and win a first Masters title?
Kei Nishikori’s run in Vienna this past week has left him in a great position to qualify for the ATP Finals next month. The Japanese ace currently finds himself in ninth position in the Race to London, but with Juan Martin del Potro’s recent injury problems, it’s looking ninth place will get you into the tournament. Nishikori has been in exceptional form of late, and he has to be considered one of the favourites this week. Nishikori has reached a quarter-final, two semi-finals and two finals in his last five tournaments. The former US Open finalist currently finds himself in the final of the Vienna Open, and so he could be coming here full of momentum if he was to go onto win that title. Nishikori also reached the final at the Monte-Carlo Masters earlier in the year, and right now he’s looking very good. Can Nishikori continue his fine recent form to seal his spot in London?
2016 runner-up John Isner has a huge week of tennis ahead of him, and the American will be hoping to seize the opportunity. Isner has been enjoying the season of his career, and he knows a good run this week will see him qualify for the ATP Finals in London next month. The American ace knows this is probably the best opportunity he’ll ever get to qualify for these Tour Finals, and so he’ll be giving it everything he has this week. Isner has been enjoying the season of his career to date, with his best result coming at the Miami Open, where he managed to win his first Masters title. The American also reached his first grand slam semi-final at Wimbledon, while he also won his 5th Atlanta Open title. The Miami Open champion reached a career high of number eight in the world earlier in the season, and he’s also coming here in decent form after reaching the semi-finals in Stockholm a week ago. Can Isner do enough to win a 2nd Masers title of the season?
Defending champion Jack Sock will be looking to end his awful single’s season on a high this week, by mounting a successful defence of his title. While Sock has enjoyed a fantastic season on the doubles court, the American is still yet to record back-to-back singles victories all year. That is awful for a man who won this title last year and qualified for the ATP Finals, courtesy of that triumph. Nonetheless, Sock will be looking to put this year behind him, but not before trying to defend his title this week. Meanwhile, 2008 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will be looking to replicate his achievement from a decade ago by winning this title. The Frenchman has just returned from a serious injury in recent weeks and so a title win here would be nothing short of staggering from the former champion. In the final Masters event of the season, who will come through to win the 2018 Paris Masters title?
Novak Djokovic To Win
I can’t back anyone other than Novak Djokovic right now, he’s playing on another level. The Serbian ace has dominated the sport for the last couple of months, and he’s coming here after winning his last three tournaments. This has left Djokovic on an eighteen-match winning streak, and it looks like it’s going to take a special performance to end it. Djokovic also has the experience of winning this title multiple times in the past, having done so four times over the years, and he’ll be extremely confident in his chances this week. I think Djokovic wins a fourth successive title this week to, move to number one in the world, win a record-extending 5th Paris Masters and win his 32nd Masters title. Novak Djokovic to reign supreme in Paris.
John Isner Each Way
To Win Outright
I think John Isner might have a good run this week, and I fancy him to reach his second Paris Masters final. There’s a lot on the line for the American this week, and a run to this final would massively boost his odds of qualifying for the ATP Finals. The American has been handed as good a draw as he could’ve hoped for this week, and I think he takes advantage of it. Isner has the experience of reaching a final here in the past and so he’ll be confident he can do it again, if not better it. I like John Isner to reach a second Masters final of the season here in Paris.