Generally, unless you’re an avid tennis enthusiast, tennis fans across the globe don’t pay much attention at all to anything that happens after the fourth and final major, the U.S. Open takes place in September.
More often than not, the players at the very top of the world rankings have often secured their season-ending ranking, leaving tennis fans with not much to look forward to besides the year-end ATP Championship which feature only the top eight players in the world. Find the latest betting odds here.
Here’s A Closer Look At The ATP 2016 BNP Paribas Masters Betting Overview
Well, that’s certainly not the case at this week’s BNP Paribas Masters in Paris-Bercy. You see, there’s a lot riding on the line, like the No. 1 overall ranking, for those at the top of the ATP World Tour rankings. World No. 2 Andy Murray is riding the wave of a fantastic 15-match winning streak and could surpass Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic for the year-end World No. 1 ranking. However, Djokovic could just as well maintain the stranglehold he’s had on the Emirates ATP Ranking for the third consecutive year. Also on the line in this tourney is the final two spots at the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Murray, who has spent 76 weeks at No. 2 since first reaching the mark in 2009, can finally go to No. 1 by two ways.
If Murray wins the Paris title and Djokovic does not reach the final, he’ll finish at No. 1 Murray can also finish in the top spot if he reaches the final and Djokovic doesn’t reach the semifinals. As far as Djokovic is concerned, he can clinch the No. 1 ranking for the fifth time in six years if he wins the Paris title and Murray does not reach the semis. Seven other players are also battling for the final two berths at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, although four of those players have destiny in their own hands. World No. 8 Dominic Thiem is looking to make his debut at The O2, while 2015 U.S. Open winner Marin Cilic must reach the Paris final to guarantee a spot in the London Finals.
Unfortunately, only one of the two has a chance to reach the finals as they are in the same half of the draw, not to mention, the same half as Djokovic. Veteran and World No. 11 Tomas Berdych and veteran World No. 12 David Goffin can both guarantee a spot at The O2 if they win the title in Bercy. World No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 15 Roberto Bautista Agut and No. 17 Luca Pouille must all win the title and hope for poor outings from some others in the field in order to reach the World Tour Finals. For his part, Murray has won consecutive titles in Beijing and at the ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai and in Vienna on Sunday.
During his winning streak Murray has won 28 of 30 sets played. The polarizing Brit has won a career-high seven titles this season and trails Djokovic by only 415 points. Djokovic is making his 12th consecutive tournament appearance and has gone 26-6 career in Bercy, having won the title in 2009 and from 2013-2015. Novak Djokovic is 59-7 on the season and 41-4 on hard courts and has won seven titles this including the 2016 Australian Open and his first career French Open title at Roland Garros. Djokovic has also won ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid and Toronto. Today marks the 223rd week overall he has ranked No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, which is fifth most all time.
However, the only player to win Roland Garros and Bercy titles in the same year was Andre Agassi way back in 1999. Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the last French player to win the Bercy title. The 2008 champion is one of 11 Frenchmen in the main draw. Since then, Gael Monfils was runner-up in 2009-10 and Tsonga in ’11. The other French winners in Bercy are Sebastien Grosjean in 2001 and Guy Forget in 1991.