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Nadal Battles Past Wawrinka For Paris QF Bid

  • Posted: Oct 31, 2019

Nadal Battles Past Wawrinka For Paris QF Bid

Spaniard to face Tsonga in QF

Rafael Nadal extended his mastery against Stan Wawrinka on Thursday at the Rolex Paris Masters, beating the Swiss 6-4, 6-4 to make his seventh ATP Masters 1000 Paris quarter-final.

Nadal now leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 19-3 and has won their past six meetings, dating back to the 2015 Nitto ATP Finals. The Spaniard also clinched his 11th 50-win season with the straight-sets victory.

My serve worked well and the volley, too. I have been going to the net a couple of times, serve and volley. I think I have been focussed and tried to hold the serve during the whole time,” said Nadal, who won all 10 of his net points.

“I think my game worked well. On the return today, [it] was a little bit difficult. I think I didn’t return as well as I was doing previous days… But it’s true that Stan always has a good serve and [is] difficult to read. So [it was] an important victory for me, honestly, against a tough opponent again.”

The World No. 2 broke the 16th-seeded Wawrinka in the third game and escaped danger on his own serve by erasing a break point in the eighth game. Both players gave away little in the third-round clash that saw a combined 37 winners to 32 unforced errors.

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But Wawrinka, who would have qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals had he won the tournament, didn’t see another break point the rest of the way and was broken during a loose service game at 4-4 in the second set. Nadal also won all 10 of his net points.

The 33-year-old Spaniard is looking to finish as year-end No. 1 in the ATP Rankings for the fifth time. He will guarantee that milestone if he wins three more matches and wins the Paris Masters 1000 for the first time, which would be a record-extending 36th Masters 1000 crown.

Next, Nadal will meet France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who saved two match points to beat German Jan-Lennard Struff 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(6). Struff led 6/4 in the third-set tie-break, but Tsonga kept his nerve while hitting a crosscourt volley to make it 5/6.

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Struff then netted a backhand and an overhead to give Tsonga a match point, which he seized to reach his seventh quarter-final of the season and first Masters 1000 quarter-final since 2016 Paris.

It was a very tight match. It could have been the opposite scenario, it was only a few points in a row. I’m very satisfied with my match. He played very well,” Tsonga said.

The 2008 champion is going for his third title of the season but trails Nadal 4-9 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

These matches make you improve. When you play the best, it’s always beneficial and it’s not important whether you win or lose. When you play Rafa in the first round, it’s a problem. If you play Rafa in the quarter-finals, it’s normal,” Tsonga said. “Of course, it’s better for me to meet Rafa in quarter-finals after having played a few matches rather than during the first round.”

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Shapovalov Earns Second Top 10 Win Of 2019

  • Posted: Oct 31, 2019

Shapovalov Earns Second Top 10 Win Of 2019

#NextGenATP Canadian finding his form before Milan

Denis Shapovalov is playing his best tennis just in time for next week’s Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. The 20-year-old Canadian earned his third Top 10 win and second of 2019 on Thursday, fighting past Nitto ATP Finals qualifier Alexander Zverev 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 to reach the Rolex Paris Masters quarter-finals.

The match featured 30 break points, but Shapovalov came through the most, converting five of his 17 chances against Zverev, who secured his third consecutive trip to the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held 10-17 November at The O2 in London, on Wednesday.

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On 20 October, Shapovalov won his first ATP Tour title at the Intrum Stockholm Open and now he’s into his fourth Masters 1000 quarter-final and second of the season (Miami). The left-hander will next face France’s Gael Monfils or Radu Albot of Moldova.

Shapovalov will be making his second appearance at the Next Gen ATP Finals, which starts Tuesday at the Allianz Cloud in Milan.

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How Milan Qualifier Ruud Plans To Follow In Nadal & Thiem's Footsteps

  • Posted: Oct 31, 2019

How Milan Qualifier Ruud Plans To Follow In Nadal & Thiem’s Footsteps

#NextGenATP Norwegian is son of former World No. 39 Christian Ruud

#NextGenATP Norwegian Casper Ruud’s career is young. But it’s clear that the 20-year-old’s best surface at the moment is clay. He has won more than 60 per cent of his matches on the dirt compared to just 36 per cent on hard courts, and he has not yet earned a victory on grass.

Although some may see that as a weakness for Ruud, the first-time Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier embraces it as a strength. He wants to be the next clay king.

“I’ve always looked up to Rafa a lot and players like him and Thiem, they play with great intensity and in some matches. When you look at them, they’ve kind of already won the match, it seems like, before they walk on the court because their opponent knows it’s going to be so tough to beat them on clay,” Ruud said. “That’s a point I would like to get to in my career. When I step on a clay court, [I want] the guy on the other side of the net to think, ‘Oh, this guy is a really, really good player and I’ll have to play my best tennis for three hours if I’ll have a chance to beat him.’”

The way Ruud sees it, he is more comfortable on clay than most #NextGenATP players.

“I feel like I’m one of the younger guys who maybe prefers to play on clay over hard court… I think it’s a good opportunity for me to be able to do well on clay courts the next, hopefully, 15 years because none of the new ones, except Thiem, who is a little older than us, has done unbelievably good on clay yet,” Ruud said. “I’m thinking that could be an open spot to be a new ‘clay-court guy’ among the Next Gen.”

<a href=''>Casper Ruud</a> slices a forehand at <a href=''>Roland Garros</a>

Ruud, who made the 2017 Rio de Janeiro semi-finals just two months after his 18th birthday, got a chance to flex his clay muscles at Roland Garros this year, making the third round of a major for the first time. But across the net stood 2009 champion Roger Federer, who admitted before the match that he knew more about Ruud’s father — former World No. 39 Christian Ruud — than he did about the #NextGenATP star. Federer won in straight sets, with the third set going to a tie-break.

“I like a lot in his game. Today I saw the clay-courter. But I’m sure he’s also got the hard-court game in him, and I think he’s going to be obviously easily [reach the] Top 50, Top 20, hopefully soon,” Federer said. “From then on, anything is possible at some stage once you get in the Top 20.”

Ruud began training at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar last July, and he climbed to a career-high of No. 54 in the ATP Rankings just more than a year later. Nadal’s best friend, Tomeu Silva, who has travelled with Nadal himself and Jaume Munar, has also spent some time with Ruud.

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The Norwegian has shown in 2019 that he is capable of good results on hard courts, not just clay, making the quarter-finals in St. Petersburg, where he fell in three sets against eventual finalist Borna Coric.

“I like to go around and play heavy on the forehand, which obviously bites more on clay and it’s harder to receive a heavy ball on clay than on hard court,” Ruud said. “It’s not like I feel uncomfortable on hard courts or anything like that, but I think we just figured out that clay is maybe the surface that fits my game the most for now.”

<a href=''>Christian Ruud</a> and <a href=''>Casper Ruud</a> form a successful father-son duo on the ATP Tour

Christian Ruud, who has climbed higher in the ATP Rankings than any other player in Norway’s history, knows that his son must continue raising his level on other surfaces if he is to continue his ascent on the ATP Tour.

“I think that his goal is to become a top player, and I think he’s dreaming about No. 1 in the world and you have to play well on all the surfaces to do that,” Christian said. “This year the goal was to be Top 100 when we started the year and it was natural for him to pick mostly clay when he had the chance because maybe he has [a better] chance to do well there. But he is showing me that he could also play well on hard courts.”

One of the reasons for Ruud’s 2019 success — and Milan qualification — was his consistency. After making the Rio de Janeiro semi-finals in February 2017, he could not maintain the momentum for the rest of the year, failing to win an ATP Tour match after Barcelona in April. This year, he has earned 22 of his 39 career tour-level wins, including a trip to his maiden ATP Tour final in Houston.

“I think his lowest level has come up a lot. He’s been playing a lot better at ATP events and winning a lot more matches and also beating decent players when he’s not been playing his best, so I think his high level has increased as well as his low level,” Christian said. “I think it’s sometimes difficult when you’re very young and do good results. You have one week where everything is working, like in Rio in 2017… it came a little bit quick. There are still a lot of good players on the Challenger Tour.

“I think this year has been more consistent. He’s just been learning more and getting more experience and everything has improved.”

Ruud will hope that translates to Milan. And although the season-ending 21-and-under event is contested on an indoor hard court, the Norwegian is plenty excited to test himself against the world’s best #NextGenATP stars. He even feels that since it’s not on clay, he’ll be able to play with his “shoulders down”, and not feel as much pressure.

“I’m feeling like I’m close to achieving big results, even on hard courts,” Ruud said. “So I just have to keep on training hard and staying focussed and doing the right things and I think good things can happen.”

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Paris Masters: Novak Djokovic beats Kyle Edmund in third round

  • Posted: Oct 31, 2019

Britain’s Kyle Edmund pushed world number one Novak Djokovic before fading to a straight-set defeat in the Paris Masters third round.

Edmund, expected to be Great Britain’s last pick for next month’s Davis Cup finals in Madrid, lost 7-6 (9-7) 6-1 against the 32-year-old Serb.

Edmund, 24, caused Djokovic problems before the top seed finally clinched the opener with his seventh set point.

But Edmund could not maintain his level as Djokovic ran away with victory.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion, who has been suffering with illness and sounded hoarse in his post-match interview, started to hit the ball cleaner in a second set where he made just four unforced errors.

Despite defeat, Edmund can take plenty of positives from an encouraging week which should seal his place in the British team going to Madrid for the newly revamped Davis Cup finals.

The Yorkshireman came into the final ATP Masters tournament of the year without a win since the start of August, but has enjoyed a timely return to form in the French capital.

Edmund, who had lost eight matches in a row, has stolen a march on Cameron Norrie to be named in Leon Smith’s squad following victories over Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis and Argentine 14th seed Diego Schwartzman this week.

Edmund looked confident and assured for most of the first set, matching Djokovic until a couple of mistakes as he served to stay in the opener at 6-5 gave the Serb two set points.

However, he rallied to force a tie-break and saved four more set points before finally buckling when Djokovic hit a precise forehand down the line.

The second set was a different story, however, as Edmund ran out of steam and won just nine points in a one-sided set.

Four-time Paris champion Djokovic will now play Greek seventh seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat Australian Alex de Minaur 6-3 6-4, in the quarter-finals.

In the same half of the draw, Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov produced a powerful performance to beat Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-2 and will face Chile’s Cristian Garin next.

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Tsitsipas Completes Rapid Climb To 100 Wins

  • Posted: Oct 31, 2019

Tsitsipas Completes Rapid Climb To 100 Wins

#NextGenATP champion achieves milestone moment on Thursday in Paris

Stefanos Tsitsipas is combining his rapid rise up the ATP Rankings with an equally speedy portfolio of wins. The Greek reached 100 tour-level wins with his third-round victory on Thursday against Aussie Alex de Minaur at the Rolex Paris Masters.

The 21-year-old hit his latest milestone after 160 matches (100-60) on Tour, which is a faster rate than everyone in the Top 10 besides Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Fastest To 100 Among The Current Top 10

 Player  W-L Record After 100 Wins
Rafael Nadal  100-37
Novak Djokovic  100-43
Stefanos Tsitsipas  100-60
Alexander Zverev  100-61
Daniil Medvedev  100-67
Dominic Thiem  100-68
Roger Federer  100-69
Roberto Bautista Agut  100-78
Karen Khachanov  100-80
Matteo Berrettini  N/A (61 tour-level wins)

Tsitsipas picked up his first tour-level win two years ago at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Shanghai and immediately built on it with his maiden ATP Tour semi-final in Antwerp. Forty-six more wins followed in 2018, including his first ATP Tour title in Stockholm (d. Gulbis), first Masters 1000 final in Toronto (l. to Nadal) and the Next Gen ATP Finals title in Milan (d. De Minaur).

The Greek surpassed those numbers this year with his 50th tour-level win on Thursday. He joined Daniil Medvedev and Roger Federer as the only players to reach that mark this season. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will play for their 50th win later Thursday.

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Tsitsipas captured titles in Marseille (d. Kukushkin) and Estoril (Cuevas), in addition to reaching another Masters 1000 final in Madrid (l. to Djokovic). He also defeated Federer en route to his maiden Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open, after which he declared that “my idol today became my rival.”

His outstanding results helped him become the first Greek player to crack the Top 5 of the ATP Rankings this August. The Greek’s victory over Djokovic in Shanghai, his first against a World No. 1, secured his debut appearance at the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 10-17 November.

Tsitsipas will look to add more wins to his tally in Paris when he faces top seed Djokovic or Kyle Edmund in the quarter-finals.

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Djokovic Sets Tsitsipas Rematch In Paris

  • Posted: Oct 31, 2019

Djokovic Sets Tsitsipas Rematch In Paris

Tsitsipas beat Djokovic in Shanghai QF

Novak Djokovic put behind his opening struggles at the Rolex Paris Masters on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the season’s final ATP Masters 1000 event.

The Serbian, who struggled early on during his second-round match on Wednesday (d. Moutet), looked sharp and played resiliently against Brit Kyle Edmund to advance 7-6(7), 6-1. Djokovic let slip a 6/3 lead in the first-set tie-break but clinched the set on his seventh set point.

He needed no such dramatics in the second set as he broke three times and won 12 of the final 14 points to celebrate his 50th match win of the season, the 12th time Djokovic has reached that milestone in his career.

I was feeling energy-wise better and felt more alert, just more strength, more energy, more speed. I didn’t play so well, I think, from baseline in the first set. I served well. That got me to the tie-break,” Djokovic said.

Second set was the best set I’ve played so far in the tournament. Finished off with a winner, finished off with amazing return game. So of course the sensation is very positive. And I’m convinced that I’m headed in the right direction so that tomorrow will be even better.”

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The 32-year-old is looking to finish year-end No. 1 for the sixth time. Djokovic needs to remain within 1,500 points of Rafael Nadal this week in order to have a chance at surpassing the Spaniard at the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held 10-17 November at The O2 in London. At the start of Thursday play, Djokovic was 1,280 points behind the Spaniard.

Djokovic will next meet Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in a rematch of their Rolex Shanghai Masters quarter-final earlier this month, which Tsitsipas won for his first win against a World No. 1.

Obviously he’s one of the best players in the world. He’s already an established player. He’s all-around player, plays very well on all surfaces,” Djokovic said.

<a href=''>Stefanos Tsitsipas</a> reaches the quarter-finals at the <a href=''>Rolex Paris Masters</a>

Tsitsipas, the World No. 7, beat #NextGenATP Aussie Alex de Minaur 6-3, 6-4 to make his fourth ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final of the season and also earn his 50th win of 2019, a career-best mark (46 last year). Tsitsipas also celebrated the 100th tour-level win of his career.

The 20-year-old broke De Minaur three times, including during the second game of the opening set and the ninth game of the second set, to improve to 3-0 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with De Minaur. Tsitsipas also beat the Aussie during the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals title match.

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De Minaur, No. 18 in the ATP Rankings, will return to the award-winning 21-and-under tournament next week as the top seed and will try to triumph in Milan for the first time.

Tsitsipas, who also made Masters 1000 quarter-finals in Rome, Madrid and Shanghai, will make his debut at the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals, to be held 10-17 November at The O2 in London. In Paris, the Greek star will next meet four-time champion Novak Djokovic or Briton Kyle Edmund for a place in the semi-finals. Tsitsipas beat Djokovic earlier this month to reach the Rolex Shanghai Masters semi-finals.

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Dimitrov's Midas Touch: Bulgarian Sweeps Past Thiem In Paris

  • Posted: Oct 31, 2019

Dimitrov’s Midas Touch: Bulgarian Sweeps Past Thiem In Paris

Garin saves three match points against Chardy

Grigor Dimitrov barely put a foot wrong on Thursday in one of his best performances of the year for a place in the Rolex Paris Masters quarter-finals. The Bulgarian ended the six-match winning streak of fifth seed Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-2 in 72 minutes.

Dimitrov competed with great urgency throughout, and combatted Thiem’s aggression in the Austrian’s bid to work his way back into the match. Dimitrov’s willingness to attack the net reaped dividends early on and he quickly took a 4-1 lead. The 32-minute first set ended when Thiem hit a forehand return wide.

Dimitrov, who had advanced to the Paris third round for the seventh straight year, broke Thiem in a 10-minute third game of the second set courtesy of a volley error. Thiem pressed, but Dimitrov hit big from behind the baseline and snatched another break for a 4-1 advantage. Serving for the match at 5-2, 40/0, Dimitrov hit his first double fault, but it was a momentary lapse in concentration for the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion.

According to Hawkeye, Dimitrov did his best to step into the court and dictate with his forehand. The Bulgarian was pinned deep in his backhand corner when Thiem engaged him in cross-court backhand rallies. But whenenver he was able to, the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion stepped in to play aggressively with his forehand, hitting his forehand five kilometres per hour quicker on average (127 vs. 122 kmh) than the big-hitting Thiem. 

Dimitrov took 41 per cent of his forehands inside the baseline, an area in which Thiem only found himself hitting forehands 29 per cent of the time.

Dimitrov & Thiem’s Forehand Hit Points



Dimitrov also controlled play with his serve, winning 88 per cent of his first-serve points, while Thiem won just 64 per cent of his. Dimitrov interestingly attacked Thiem’s forehand return in the deuce court, going there 58 per cent of the time. Thiem managed to put just 50 per cent of his first-serve returns in play throughout the match.

Dimitrov’s First-Serve Placement


Thiem, a winner of an ATP Tour-best five trophies in 2019 and a 46-17 match record, will now prepare to focus on competing at the season finale, to be held at The O2 in London from 10-17 November. Last week, he captured the Erste Bank Open crown.

Dimitrov will next face Cristian Garin, who saved three match points in the first completed singles match of the day to book a place in his first ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final.

The Chilean, who has lifted two ATP Tour trophies this year, battled back from a 3/6 deficit in the deciding set tie-break to earn a 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(6) victory over French qualifier Jeremy Chardy in two hours and 24 minutes. The pair had split their two previous meetings in 2019 at Houston and Bastad.


Garin saved the first match point at 6/3 with a forehand approach winner, then hit an ace at 4/6. Chardy was hesitant to attack the net when serving at 6/5 and mis-timed a forehand.

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– Hawkeye data and visuals courtesy ATP Media

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WTA Finals: Injured Bianca Andreescu replaced by Sofia Kenin

  • Posted: Oct 31, 2019

US Open champion Bianca Andreescu has withdrawn from the season-ending WTA Finals with a knee injury in China.

The Canadian teenager retired from her round-robin match against Karolina Pliskova on Wednesday with the problem.

Already unable to reach the semi-finals, Andreescu decided to pull out of the tournament after having a scan.

American alternate Sofia Kenin will instead face defending champion Elina Svitolina, who has already qualified for the last four, on Friday.

Andreescu is the second player to withdraw from the event in Shenzhen following world number three Naomi Osaka, who is in the other group.

The 19-year-old said she heard her knee “crack” and will now look to recover before the start of the 2020 season.

Andreescu will end the year inside the world’s top six following an unusual breakout season that saw her claim a maiden Grand Slam title as well as encounter plenty of injury problems.

Ranked 152nd at the start of the season, she has won 48 of her 55 matches after completing just seven WTA tournaments.

As well as her stunning US Open win last month, Andreescu also lifted titles in Indian Wells and Toronto.

“I’m very disappointed to not be able to finish the year on my terms, but I am hopeful I will have more chances to play here in the future,” said Andreescu, who played just two matches between the end of March and start of August because of a shoulder injury.

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Ashleigh Barty reaches WTA Finals semi-finals by beating Petra Kvitova

  • Posted: Oct 31, 2019

Australian world number one Ashleigh Barty reached the semi-finals of the WTA Finals with a straight-set win over Czech sixth seed Petra Kvitova.

Barty, 23, won 6-4 6-2 to eliminate the two-time Wimbledon champion from the season-ending event in Shenzhen.

Swiss seventh seed Belinda Bencic or Dutch alternate Kiki Bertens, who replaced the injured Naomi Osaka, will also progress from the Red Group.

Whoever wins their final group match on Thursday will reach the last four.

French Open champion Barty, competing in the WTA Finals singles for the first time after a stunning year, is assured of top spot after recovering from Tuesday’s defeat against Bertens with a dominant win over an out-of-sorts Kvitova.

Barty edged the key moments in the opening set, breaking for a 3-2 lead and saving break points in each of her next two service games, then ran away with the second as Kvitova began to tire.

“I felt I executed really well and knew I had to come out and play aggressively,” said Barty, who has won her past three matches against Kvitova.

“I had a few early break points against me and I played them really well. It was important to keep my nose in front.”

Bencic or Bertens will battle for second place in the group later on Thursday, with the winner facing defending champion Elina Svitolina in the semi-finals.

Ukraine’s Svitolina was the first player to make the last four by beating Wimbledon champion Simona Halep in the Purple Group on Wednesday.

Romanian Halep plays Czech Karolina Pliskova in their final round-robin match on Friday, with Barty awaiting the winner in Saturday’s semi-finals.

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Thursday Preview: Nadal & Wawrinka Renew Their Rivalry In Paris

  • Posted: Oct 31, 2019

Thursday Preview: Nadal & Wawrinka Renew Their Rivalry In Paris

Djokovic, Thiem & Tsitsipas highlight Thursday play

A treasured rivalry will get its latest chapter on Thursday at the Rolex Paris Masters when second seed Rafael Nadal meets No. 16 seed Stan Wawrinka as part of a stacked third-round lineup. Nadal looks to remain on course for his first title at the AccorHotels Arena, which would also clinch the year-end No. 1 ATP Ranking for him.

“I’m very happy to be able to compete again at a good level,” Nadal said. “Tomorrow is another day, another tough match against Stan. Every day in this tournament is so difficult, so let’s see if I’m able to play another good match.”

Nadal holds a convincing 18-3 lead over Wawrinka in their Fedex ATP Head2Head rivalry and has won their past five matches, all in straight sets. The Spaniard is on a 12-match winning streak and exuding confidence in his game, continually finding ways to step up in the crucial moments of a set.

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But Nadal knows he can’t rely on his past success against Wawrinka for their latest clash. Wawrinka’s most recent victory over his rival came at this event four years ago. The Swiss has also been in top form lately, prevailing in 11 of his past 13 matches since the start of the US Open.

After competing against each other for more than a decade on the world’s biggest stages, there will be no secrets when they meet on Court Central. Their game plans will likely remain similar to their other 21 matches, but it will come down to who can execute them most effectively.

“I do not want him to play his game, which means I need to make sure I don’t let him be in a position where he can hit hard,” Nadal said before the 2017 Roland Garros final, their most recent meeting in Paris. “I will have to do everything I can to keep him from playing aggressively. If I can play long balls, if I can hit hard… I think I will be hopefully able to control him. Easy to say, but it may not be that easy to do.”

The match is also a must-win for Wawrinka if he wants to return to the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals, held at The O2 in London from 10-17 November. The Swiss needs to take the title in Paris in order to have a shot at grabbing the last remaining qualifying spot.

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Top seed Novak Djokovic continues his quest for a fifth Paris title against Brit Kyle Edmund. The Serbian leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 4-1. Djokovic needs a big week in Paris in order to keep his hopes alive for a sixth year-end No. 1 finish. He trails Nadal by 1,280 points in the ATP Race to London, which acts as a barometer for who will finish the year at No. 1, but can close the gap significantly with the 1,000 points on offer for the winner this week.

“I understand that I need to play better and feel better to have a chance to go far in this tournament and, as a result of that, to have a chance to still be in the battle for No. 1,” Djokovic said. “But, again, it doesn’t depend only on me. It depends on [Nadal]. But my focus is on me.”

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Two other London hopefuls are also in action on Thursday. Frenchman Gael Monfils, the No. 13 seed, squares off with Moldovan Radu Albot. Monfils will return to The O2 if he can reach the final this week. Aussie Alex de Minaur takes on seventh-seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in an all-#NextGenATP battle. De Minaur must take the title in Paris in order to have a shot at qualifying.

Other notable matches on Thursday include sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev, who clinched the seventh qualifying spot for London, battling #NextGenATP Canadian Denis Shapovalov. Fifth-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem looks to get ahead in his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, which is currently tied 2-2.

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY 31 October 2019
COURT CENTRAL start 11:00 am

[Q] Jeremy Chardy vs Cristian Garin (CHI)
[5] Dominic Thiem vs Grigor Dimitrov
[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Kyle Edmund (GBR)

Not Before 5:00 pm
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)

Not Before 7:30 pm
[2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs [16] Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
[13] Gael Monfils (FRA) vs Radu Albot (MDA)

Court 1 start 11:00 am
Karen Khachanov (RUS) / Andrey Rublev (RUS) vs Marcus Daniell (NZL) / Philipp Oswald (AUT)
[8] Ivan Dodig/Filip Polasek vs Jurgen Melzer (AUT) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
[7] Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Alex de Minaur (AUS)
[6] Alexander Zverev (GER) vs Denis Shapovalov (CAN)
Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) / Austin Krajicek (USA) vs Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Denis Shapovalov (CAN)

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