Upsets Abound at the Masters de Paris as Favorites Fall in Shocking Upsets

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The Paris Masters 1000 ATP maintains its six-time champion and world number one, the Serbian Novak Djokovicbut his victory over the Argentine Tomás Martín Etcheverry6-3 and 6-2, is an anomaly in the general calculation of a tournament that is hosting a scramble of favorites in just two rounds.

Many have gone home, the rest have had to suffer in a combination of balls and court that is allowing long exchanges of blows, long and dramatic matches.

Three places are at stake for the ATP Finals in Turin, the masters tournament, which also adds spice to this ‘indoor’ hard court tournament. The Greek Stefanos Tsitsipasthe German Alexander Zverev and the danish Holger Rune They provisionally occupy the three tickets that remain to be distributed.

Tsitsipas went to the second round, as did Zverev having to come back against the Frenchman Ugo Humbert in a three and a half hour battle against an uncomfortable left-handed rival and an audience that tries to turn the stage into hell to protect its tennis player.

runecurrent champion of the tournament, solved the start of the defense a few minutes into the morning, beating the Austrian in two sets Dominic Thiem.

The Pole continues to threaten to sneak in and leave one of them out. Hubert Hurkaczrecent champion in the Shanghai Masters and who has also reached the round of 16 in Paris, at the expense of the last Spaniard who said goodbye to the French capital, Roberto Bautista. By 6-3 and 6-2.

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Of the illustrious victims, goodbye on Tuesday Carlos AlcarazNo. 2, followed by No. 3, the Russian Daniil Medvedev, on Wednesday. Also in the premiere, in the second round. The Muscovite also had to deal with the French fans, with whom he has had a relationship for some time, whether indoors or also at Roland Garros.

Medvedev, somewhat deranged, gave in to the tireless Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrovalready executioner of Alcaraz in Shanghai.

Among the four top-10 already eliminated, also the Norwegian Holger Rune (8), who will lose that status in the next ranking, and the American Taylor Fritz (9), who also suffered an abdominal muscle injury that caused his retirement.

And the Italian remained to go into action Jannik Sinnerwho won the ATP 500 in Vienna on Sunday and had to close a long day, well into the early hours of Thursday because his duel with the American Mackenzie McDonald began within it.

At the top of the table he is still in command Novak Djokovicwaiting for what happens with Rune and Sinner and with De Miñaur and Andrey Rublev still in competition.

The lower part was more decimated. Without Alcaraz and Medvedev, they remain Stefanos Tsitsipas (7) and Alexander Zverev (10), but they eliminate each other in the round of 16. Hurkacz (11) sees the most open path to the ATP Finals.

The round of 16 of Paris 2023

​Novak Djokovic (Srb/1)-Tallon Griekspoor (PB)
​Daniel Altmaier (Ale)-Holger Rune (Din/6)
​Jannik Sinner (Ita/4) or Mackenzie McDonald (USA)-Alex de Miñaur (Aus/13)
Botic Van de Zandschulp (PB/Q)-Andrey Rublev (Rus/5)
​Francisco Cerúndolo (Arg)-Hubert Hurkacz (Pol/11)
​Alexander Bublik (Kaz)-Grigor Dimitrov (Bul)
​Stefanos Tsitsipas (Gre/7)-Alexanser Zverev (Ale/10)
​Karen Khachanov (Rus/16)-Roman Safiullin (Rus/Q)

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