This week’s tennis tournament lost some star power when last year’s winner Novak Djokovic decided to sit this one out. However, the tournament gained star power when Rafael Nadal decided to step back onto the courts. Check out how Rafa has played so far in our update so you can go ahead and place your bets against their Tennis odds!
COVID-19 Tennis Update – November 3rd Edition
- When: Nov. 1 – Nov. 8
ATP 2020 Rolex Paris Masters
- Where: Paris, France
Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, and Alexander Zverev all alive for Rolex Paris Masters title
Rafael Nadal is set to take to the court for his first match at the Rolex Paris Masters while Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev won their first round matches. But that doesn’t mean that the Paris Masters has yet to see an upset.
Nadal’s first match starts at 9:30 am on Nov. 4. Rafa battles fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez who got past Filip Krajinovic in the first round. Lopez is a major underdog to even win a couple of games against the great Nadal.
While Rafa is set to start his quest for the Rolex Paris Masters title, 2-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas has already packed up his rackets. Like Rafa, Stefanos got a bye in the first round. Tsitsipas already played his second-round match and it did not turn out well. Ugo Humbert beat Stefanos 6-6 (4-7), 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (3-7). Humbert takes on Marin Cilic in the third round.
Because Stefanos lost, Daniil Medvedev now becomes the top seed on the bottom half of the bracket. Medvedev was in a battle with Kevin Anderson in the first set, they were knotted 6-6, before Anderson retired. On Thursday, Daniil faces the winner of the Alex de Minaur versus Lorenzo Sonego match.
At the time of this writing, 4-seed Alexander Zverev was up 5-1 in the first set against Miomir Kecmanovic. If Zverev wins, he will face Adrian Mannarino on Thursday.
Right now, Rafael Nadal looks tough. Yes, it’s possible to write that without Rafa having played a match. Nadal towers over his competition in Paris. However, he has never won the Paris Masters, which means trying to beat Nadal makes some sense.
After all, Novak Djokovic lost last week’s tournament, the Erste Bank Open, as a heavy favorite. Not only did Novak lose, but he didn’t even make it out of the third round.
Go against Nadal if you feel he’ll pull a Djokovic in France. Both Zverev and Medvedev are poised to have deep runs while 5-seed Andrey Rublev, who won the Erste Bank Open for his fifth title this year, remains alive.
WTA Returns on November 9
The Women’s Tennis Association should be back at it starting on Sunday, November 8 with the Upper Austria Ladies Linz tournament in Linz, Austria. Last year, Cori Gauff took home the trophy. Gauff could head to Austria to defend her title.
The top players in the world will likely wait for the following week’s WTA Tournament, the Open BLS de Limoges, which Ekaterina Alexandrova won in 2019. Until then, handicap the Australian Open where Bianca Andreescu, Simona Halep, and Serena Williams are sure to enter.