Friday, December 8, 2023

Paris-Bercy Masters 1000 2023: Tsitsipas takes out Zverev, and a major package! Round of 16 results

Faced with a physically struggling Zverev, still marked by his nearly four-hour fight against Ugo Humbert yesterday, Stefanos Tsitsipas did not really have to force his tennis to win (7-6, 6-4). The Greek was caught when serving for the win of the first set, but finally got through the tie-break. Then he broke from the start, again, in the second set, and won the match without trembling. He will meet the Russian Karen Khachanov in the quarter-final, defeating his compatriot Romas Safiullin (4-6, 6-4, 6-2), the nice surprise of the tournament who had eliminated Carlos Alcaraz in the previous round.

The 4th in the world withdraws, Djokovic on the program this evening

World number 5, Andrey Rublev, held his place against Botic Van De Zandschulp (6-3, 6-3) and will meet Alex De Minaur in the quarter-final. The Australian is indeed taking advantage of the withdrawal of world number 4 Jannik Sinner, who finished his match at 2:30 a.m. last night against Mackenzie McDonald, and was due to play again in the afternoon today. The Italian, like his coach, castigated the organization and spoke of too much fatigue. He preferred to save himself for the end-of-season Masters, in Turin in ten days.

Grigor Dimitrov, who defeated Daniil Medvedev in the previous round, easily defeated Alexander Bublik (6-2, 6-2). He will face Hubert Hurkacz, winner of Francisco Cerundolo (6-4, 6-3). This evening, Novak Djokovic, impressive for his entry into the running, faces Tallon Griekspoor. Holger Rune, the young title holder who beat him in the final last year, will face Daniel Altmaier.

Humbert disappointed, no French in eighth

Ugo Humbert delivered a major match on Wednesday, pushing world number 9 Alexander Zverev to his limits – which actually cost him too much energy to compete against Tsitsipas today. But, at the end of the night, the Frenchman ended up giving in, to the great dismay of the always effervescent Parisian public (6-4, 6-7, 7-6). The French number 1 overturned the second set to offer himself a decisive third set, in which he broke and led 4-2 before being caught, then beaten on the wire in the tie-break.

After the match, the disappointment of the result was mixed with the satisfaction of being on an equal footing with one of the best in the world: “It really came down to nothing, I have nothing to regret, it was a fabulous match, I had a crazy time. Honestly, it’s one of the best atmospheres I’ve experienced. And so, it was fantastic. What makes me saddest is not being able to give the victory to all those who supported me. They pushed me to the end and that’s the regret I have”, commented Ugo Humbert at a press conference.

The fact remains that this defeat closes a starving French record: no player left qualifying out of 7 representatives, then 7 eliminated out of 8 players competing in the first round. The last survivor, Ugo Humbert, therefore does not go beyond this second round. A disillusionment, undoubtedly, while some arrived in good shape at the end of the season: Adrian Mannarino, Gaël Monfils, Arthur Fils… See you next season.

Djokovic solid, Medvedev eliminated from the start

After the surprise elimination of Carlos Alcaraz against the qualifier Romas Safiullin (6-3, 6-4), Novak Djokovic did not hesitate for his return to competition almost two months after his triumph at the US Open. Once again crowned with the status of world number 1, he easily dismissed the Argentinian Tomas Etcheverry (6-3, 6-2), and will meet Tallon Griekspoor this Thursday in the round of 16. He is the only survivor of the ATP podium, since Daniil Medvedev, third player in the world behind Carlos Alcaraz, also took the door for his entry into the running. Facing a Grigor Dimitrov of great evenings, the Russian lost after a fight of almost three hours (6-3, 6-7, 7-6).

At the same time, the defending champion Holger Rune held his place against Dominic Thiem (6-4, 6-2), and he will face Daniel Altmaier in the round of 16, who defeated Arthur Fils in the first round. The 4th in the world, Jannik Sinner, had to fight a little harder to eliminate the American Mackenzie McDonald (6-7, 7-5, 6-1): he will meet the Australian Alex De Minaur this Thursday. Stefanos Tsitsipas also had a solid match against Félix Auger-Aliassime (6-3, 7-6). He will face Alexander Zverev today in a remake of the epic semi-final of Roland-Garros 2021. The two players have already met four times since, each time in the semi-final of Masters 1000, for two victories each.

How to book your tickets for the Paris Masters 1000 – Bercy 2023?

Tickets are available for sale on the official Rolex Paris Masters website. Most tickets are already sold, but a ticket resale service has also opened on the official Rolex Paris Masters website.

Which channel to watch the Paris – Bercy Masters 1000?

The Rolex Paris Masters 2023 is broadcast on the Eurosport group channels, accessible in particular via the Canal + Sport subscription. The semi-finals and finals will be broadcast unencrypted on the C8 channel. From next year until 2026, France TV will broadcast unencrypted part of the matches of the Paris-Bercy Masters and also the Monte-Carlo Masters.

What date for the Paris – Bercy tournament in 2023?

The next edition of the Rolex Paris Masters is taking place from October 28 to November 5, 2023 at the Accor Arena in Bercy.

What is the schedule for the Paris – Bercy 2023 Masters 1000?

The first two days of the tournament are devoted to qualifications while the first round of the main draw begins on the morning of the third day. The Rolex Paris Master program:

  • Monday October 30 from 11 a.m. : 1st Round (Central Courts, 1 and 2)
  • Monday October 30 from 7:30 p.m. : 1st Round (Central Courts, 1 and 2)
  • Tuesday October 31 from 11 a.m. : 1st Round / 2nd Round (Central Courts, 1 and 2)
  • Tuesday October 31 from 7:30 p.m. : 1st Round / 2nd Round (Central Courts, 1 and 2)
  • Wednesday November 1st from 11 a.m. : 2nd Round (Central Courts, 1 and 2)
  • Wednesday November 1st from 7:30 p.m. : 2nd Round (Central Courts, 1 and 2)
  • Thursday November 2 from 11 a.m. : 1/8 finals (Central Courts, 1 and 2)
  • Thursday November 2 from 7:30 p.m. : 1/8 finals (Central Courts, 1 and 2)
  • Friday November 3 from 2 p.m. : 1/4 finals (Central Courts and 1)
  • Friday November 3 from 7:30 p.m. : 1/4 finals (Central Courts and 1)
  • Saturday November 4 from 11:30 a.m. : 1/2 finals (Central Court)
  • Sunday November 5 from 12:30 p.m. : Finals (Central Court)


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