The ATP 1000 event in Paris enters the quarter finals stage tonight. This is the final ATP event before the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. Only 8 places are available in London, so the battle had been on for a top eight ranking.
The pre-tournament rankings are as follows. The top eight are highlighted in bold and the remaining players in the Paris Masters are highlighted in blue.
1 Djokovic, Novak (SRB) 13,295
2 Nadal, Rafael (ESP) 9,375
3 Murray, Andy (GBR) 7,200
4 Federer, Roger (SUI) 5,670
5 Ferrer, David (ESP) 4,300
6 Berdych, Tomas (CZE) 2,940
7 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried (FRA) 2,935
8 Fish, Mardy (USA) 2,875
9 Almagro, Nicolas (ESP) 2,370
10 Del Potro, Juan Martin (ARG) 2,315
24 Isner, John (USA) 1,440
33 Monaco, Juan (ARG) 1,155
8th ranked Mardy Fish bowed out in the previous round when he retired hurt in the 3rd set against Monaco, but Isner and Monaco are too far back to grab the 8th spot, so the top 8 will remain unchanged, barring an injury pull out by Fish or any other player.
Betting Tips for the Quarter Finals
Djokovic is nursing a shoulder injury, which is why the odds on him beating Tsonga are so generous. He may retire with injury, so be sure to check your bookmaker’s policy on tennis retirements. Most bookmakers cancel the bets, while Betfair honours them. For this reason a small wager on Tsonga with Betfair may be worth a shout. Even if Djokovic doesn’t retire, he has a 4-5 record against Tsonga in their head to heads, so a Tsonga victory is a definite possibility. Murray is in imperious form at the moment. I expect him to beat Berdych, despite the 1-2 head to head record. Federer should win comfortably, having never lost to Monaco and having beaten him 6-1 6-2 6-0 in the US Open this year. I would back Murray and Federer in a multi bet for 1.25 odds.