Paris Masters draw: The eight men enjoying a bye into the Round of 32

Novak Djokovic Credit: Alamy
Novak Djokovic Credit: Alamy

The Paris Masters is a 56-player main draw tournament that hands a first round bye to its top eight seeds.

With most of the best players in the world present in the field, all of the men enjoying a bye into the second round are in the top ten of the ATP Rankings.

At the head of the draw is World No 1 Carlos Alcaraz who comes into the tournament in good form having gone deep in Basel.

Carlos Alcaraz plays a shot Credit: Alamy
Carlos Alcaraz plays a shot Credit: Alamy

The 19-year-old rankings king will face either Russian Aslan Karatsev or Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka in the Round of 32 with the pair occupying the bracket adjacent to the top seed.

Alcaraz shares a quarter with in-form Italian Matteo Berrettini, who was a finalist in Naples a week ago, and Andrey Rublev whom he is on course to meet in the last eight.

Andrey Rublev feels the heat Credit: Alamy
Andrey Rublev feels the heat Credit: Alamy

Rublev carries the seventh seeding at the Paris Masters and will face either John Isner or a qualifier in his first action at Bercy.

The first seed Rublev could meet in Paris would be No 10 Hubert Hurkacz.

Heading up the second quarter is fourth seed and former World No 1 Daniil Medvedev.

Daniil Medvedev in action Credit: Alamy
Daniil Medvedev in action Credit: Alamy

Medvedev has a tricky first match in prospect regardless of whether he faces Sebastian Korda or Alex de Minaur.

Potential Round of 16 opponents for Medvedev include 16th seed Frances Tiafoe and Great Britain’s Jack Draper.

Felix Auger-Aliassime could meet the man he is currently locked in a battle with on the Race To Turin in the last 16 as he is on a path that will see him face ninth seed Taylor Fritz at that stage should both Finals hopefuls reach that stage.

Felix Auger-Aliassime Cameron Norrie Credit: Alamy
Felix Auger-Aliassime Cameron Norrie Credit: Alamy

Fritz already has a Masters title in the bag this season but is looking for a turnaround in form.

Meanwhile, Auger-Aliassime has been in terrific nick notching a string of match wins at indoor events.

Fritz will have to battle past Monte Carlo Masters finalist Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the opening round of the Paris Masters and possibly Andy Murray in the second provided the Brit can battle past Frenchman Gilles Simon.

Casper Ruud Credit: Alamy
Casper Ruud Credit: Alamy

Heading up the bottom half of the draw is sixth seed Novak Djokovic who is on a quarterfinal collision course with World No 3 Casper Ruud.

Djokovic will start his tournament against either Diego Schwartzman or Maxime Cressy while Ruud begins against the winner of the contest between Alex Molcan and wildcard Richard Gasquet.

Delight for Novak Djokovic Credit: Alamy
Delight for Novak Djokovic Credit: Alamy

The former World No 1 could face 11th seed Jannik Sinner if the Italian can win twice and Djokovic gets beyond his opening match.

Second seed Rafael Nadal could face compatriots in his first two matches provided Roberto Bautista Agut can defeat Tommy Paul and one of Pablo Carreno Busta or Albert Ramos-Vinolas can win two matches.

Rafael Nadal plays a shot Credit: Alamy
Rafael Nadal plays a shot Credit: Alamy

Fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas is the final man who enjoys a bye into the Round of 32 where he will face the winner of the first round contest between Britain’s Daniel Evans and American Brandon Nakashima.

The first seed Tsitsipas could meet is the 12th seeded Briton Cameron Norrie.

Stefanos Tsitsipas in action Credit: Alamy
Stefanos Tsitsipas in action Credit: Alamy

Norrie has been handed a tough draw facing Miomir Kecmanovic in his opener and being bracketed next to in-form Borna Coric.

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