At the Paris Rolex Masters 2021, the last ATP Masters 1000 of the season, Novak Djokovic qualified for the quarter-finals without even going down on the court, due to the preventive retirement due to a physical problem of Frenchman Gael Monfils, in what it was the most anticipated challenge of the day.
Monfils, always defeated by the Serbian in the previous 17, had suffered a muscle injury (probably to the thigh) in the middle of yesterday's match against Mannarino. During the press conference, Gael said: "I'm sorry I can't play Novak today.
I've always loved facing the best. He beat me 17 times, but I can't wait to challenge him again to try to beat him. Today in Paris it would be. It was fantastic. I should be able to recover in about ten days, I just need to rest.
" The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who had struggled against Marton Fucsovics, has the ATP Finals in Turin and the Davis Cup finals as his main objectives. Waiting for him will be Taylor Fritz i: the American dismissed Cameron Norrie thanks to the score of 6-3 7-6 (3).
Hubert Hurkacz achieved a crucial success in the Masters race. The Pole - blocked by tension and very far from 100% - still managed to get the better of Dominik Koepfer 4-6 7-5 6-2. The winner of the Masters 1000 in Miami will see it in the quarters with James Duckworth, who won the Australian derby with Alexei Popyrin (7-6 6-4).
ATP Paris-Bercy 2021: Djokovic to the quarters without playing!
Casper Ruud reaches the quarter-finals by destroying the American Marcos Giron, leaving him only three games and competing in a one-way race.
Alexander Zverev's positive streak continues.
The German wins a race that he probably would have given up in other times. He wins the first set in the tiebreak against an excellent Dimitrov, in the second he has two break points as match point in the eleventh game but does not score them and the Bulgarian dominates the tiebreak.
In the third set Sascha cancels several break points that would have put him down and then gets the decisive break in the seventh game. It ends in almost three hours with the result of 7-6; 6-7; 6-3 for the German who wins his 29th victory in the last 31 races of the season.
The reigning champion Daniil Medvedev enters the semifinals. The Russian struggled in the first set and was forced to yield to the young American talent Sebastian Korda. The Russian then grows sharply while the golden boy with stars and stripes slows down and Medvedev enters the quarters, winning the last two sets without any particular problems.
The Russian dominates the second set and drops a minimum of attention in the third when he suffers the break while serving for the match. No problem for Daniil who makes yet another break in the next game and closes in an hour and fifty of play with the result of 4-6 6-1 6-3. Carlos Alcaraz beaten by Hugo Gaston.