With the stress on, Taylor Fritz might want to ship on Day One on the Rolex Paris Masters if he’s to maintain alive his probabilities of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals.
The American arrives on the closing ATP Masters 1000 occasion of the season eighth within the Pepperstone ATP Dwell Race To Turin, holding 2,910 factors. The 24-year-old is at the moment 525 factors behind seventh-placed Andrey Rublev. The distinguished end-of-year occasion will likely be held from 13-20 November.
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Fritz’s first check within the French capital comes in opposition to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Monday on Courtroom Central. Nonetheless, the four-time tour-level titlist might want to do one thing he has by no means finished and earn a maiden victory in opposition to the Spaniard, with Davidovich Fokina main Fritz 2-0 of their ATP Head2Head sequence.
Within the night, Gilles Simon will obtain a standing ovation when he steps on courtroom in Paris for doubtlessly the ultimate time. The French wild card will play Andy Murray on Courtroom Central in what could possibly be his final tour-level match, with the 37-year-old retiring on the finish of the season.
Simon, who earned his five hundredth tour-level win earlier this 12 months at Roland Garros, will likely be making his sixteenth look on house soil, along with his finest end result being a run to the semi-finals in 2012. The 2016 champion Murray leads Simon 16-2 of their ATP Head2Head sequence, with their first assembly coming in 2007.
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Different intriguing first-round matches Monday embody twelfth seed Cameron Norrie taking up Miomir Kecmanovic, whereas eleventh seed Jannik Sinner faces Swiss qualifier Marc-Andrea Huesler. Norrie, who has received two tour-level titles this season, leads the Serbian Kecmanovic 1-0 of their ATP Head2Head sequence.
#NextGenATP Italian Lorenzo Musetti will compete on the Intesa Sanpaolo Subsequent Gen ATP Finals in November. Nonetheless, earlier than he makes the journey to Milan, he’ll look to mild up Paris, beginning in opposition to fifteenth seed Marin Cilic. The Croatian Cilic has fond reminiscences within the French capital, having superior to the semi-finals in 2016.