Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: 2020 ATP Tour: Paris Masters

2020 ATP Tour: Paris Masters

We take a look at the Selected Quarterfinals Matches from the Paris Masters taking place at AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France (Indoor Hardcourt)

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AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France (Indoor Hardcourt)
Masters 1000 Series
Selected Quarterfinals- 6th November

Rafael Nadal (1) (1/7) vs Pablo Carreno Busta (9) (9/2)
Both of these men are aiming to be the first Spaniard to win this event since David Ferrer in 2012. One of them happens to be one of the greatest players of all time. Amazingly enough, Rafa Nadal has only ever reached the final here once. This is also the venue of two serious injuries for the Mallorca Matador.  Nadal had to dig deep to secure his 1000th career win on the ATP Tour, going all the way against yet another compatriot: Feliciano Lopez. But he was in more imposing form against Jordan Thompson. His serve has been extremely impressive. Since being broken by Lopez he has gone 25 service games unbeaten. It’s almost unbelievable to consider that there’s a Masters 1000 event that Nadal hasn’t won. But things will get a lot tougher now for Nadal, as he comes up against hardcourt specialist Pablo Carreno Busta.  

It’s been a strange year for Pablo Carreno Busta. The usually metronomic Spaniard has largely underwhelmed at regular tour events.  But he has turned it on at the Grand Slam level, reaching the quarterfinals in Paris and the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows. The 29-year-old has endured a fairly miserable European indoor circuit. Early defeats in Vienna and Antwerp were slightly jarring when you consider his abilities.  But he seems to have turned that around with three consecutive victories in Paris. He is yet to drop a set and looks very comfortable on this surface. Carreno Busta is the type of consistent baseliner who has posed problems for Nadal on indoor surfaces before. Everything tends to happen a bit faster at these indoor events: Nadal is a creature of habit who enjoys drawing matches out.  

Having said all that, Nadal has an incredible record against Carreno Busta. He leads the head-to-head 6-0.  That includes two straight sets victories this year: he only dropped nine games in the process. But I think this surface may suit Carreno Busta slightly more than either Roland Garros or Rod Laver Arena. Nadal to win in threat 3/1 has some weight to it.
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Ugo Humbert (7/4) vs Milos Raonic (10) (4/9)
It’s quite encouraging to see Canadian Raonic performing so well this week (the injury-prone Raonic looked in a bit of bother at last month’s European Open). You have to remember that this is a former Paris Masters finalist: he reached the final in 2014. The former Wimbledon finalist has been dominant in Paris this week.  This has been a real comeback season for Raonic: this will be his 7th quarterfinal of the year.  That level of consistency bears testament to his resilience after so many injury issues. The highlight of his season came at the Western and Southern Open, where he lost to Djokovic in a tight three-set final.  Raonic’s booming serve can render his opponents obsolete. He will need to bring it once again as he faces one of the most in-vogue players on the tour.

I felt quite giddy when I called that Humbert-Tsitsipas result. Perhaps that had as much to do with the Greek as it did with the Frenchman.  In any event, Ugo Humbert has absolutely toiled this week.  All three of his matches have gone the distance, with tie-breaks featured in every match. That kind of grit is usually reserved for grizzled veterans. Already a two-time winner on tour this year, Humbert will need to harness his aggression and remain patient on Raonic’s imposing serve. The home favourite (is there such a thing without a crowd?) will be hoping to add to his growing reputation this week.  

This will unsurprisingly be the first-ever career meeting between these two. Raonic has bounced back from too much injury adversity to let a cheeky upstart like Humbert take him down. Furthermore, it’s likely that Humbert’s extensive on-court time will come back to haunt him here. The Canadian to win.  

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