The final Masters 1000 event of the year has come to an end. Not only is it the final one of the year but also of the decade.
At the home of the Cirque Du Soleil in Paris the ATP tour made it’s final stop of the year as the players look to end their season on a high. Who left Paris on a high and who left with something to think about going into the off season?
Khachanov’s early exit
Defending any title is a tough thing to do on the tour. I didn’t expect Karen to but I did expect more from him and if anything that is a theme of his season in my opinion.
His end to the season has fizzled out winning just 7 of his last 14 and 11 of his last 21 on the tour. Quarter final run at Indian Wells and Roland Garros was his season highlight finishing the year with 29 wins, 26 defeats and no titles.
Early exit in Paris will see him drop from No.8 to No.17 at the end of the season. The performance against Struff was simply messy, even before the Paris title 12 months ago there were still issues which need to be ironed out.
Edmund finds form!
Kyle Edmund needed this week.
8 defeats on the bounce took his ranking outside the top 70 but will finish the year on a high and just inside the top 70.
I loved watching him play against Dellien and Schwartzman, the tennis especially off the forehand oozed confidence. He did well in backhand to backhand rallies and played an all round solid match.
This puts him in a good position for 2020 where he has virtually no points to defend so can build back up and should be aiming for top 20 next year.
Something to think about?
Dominic Thiem crashed out of Paris. His performance against Grigor Dimitrov was borderline atrocious in all honesty.
It lacked a game plan. Grigor took him apart from the baseline with his quick and ruthless tennis and it reminded me of a meeting these two had in London in 2017. Thiem was too relaxed then and was the same here.
Alex Zverev has been left with something to think about going into London. He had some good runs in Shanghai and Beijing but has fizzled out these last couple of weeks. Performances have been a bit erratic as he looks to defend his title in London soon.
Concern for Rafa…
Rafael Nadal’s hopes of winning the Paris Masters for the first time were dashed due to an abdominal injury giving Shapovalov a walkover into the final.
His hopes of ending the year as world number one and winning the World Tour Finals for the first time have also taken a hit due to this injury.
The tour finals get going in a weeks time and it is a major concern for the Spaniard.
Grigor gives us a taster!
Grigor Dimitrov has ended his year in fashion.
His tennis in all of his matches has been beautiful to watch. Everything has come together nicely for him and for a man who fell to 78 in the world he will be top 20 again at the end of the year.
This is something I will look into more over the off-season and into 2020…
Thoughts on the finalists
Novak Djokovic struggled but still got through early matches. He was unwell during the week but this week in particular for me was one of his best of the year. The hunger was there again, I did feel like there was a dip during the season especially after the Australian Open.
Denis has saved his best to last. I am disappointed he isn’t going to Milan but he has done plenty in Paris to show us what he can bring to the court in 2020. He will be the highest ranked player under 21 to end the season and Canada’s number one. A bit like Dimitrov his game turned up and fell into place this week.