World number one Novak Djokovic will bring with him a 10-match winning streak to the Paris Masters – the final event of the ATP season.
Serbia’s top male tennis player has yet to lose in the Bercy Arena since absorbing a defeat at the hands of Sam Querrey of the United States in the second round three years ago.
Since then, Djokovic has bagged the last two championships. He beat Canada’s Milos Raonic in the final round last yeat and Spain’s David Ferrer in 2013.
With another undefeated run in China now in the books, no limit seems to be in the horizon for tennis’ number one man.
All 16 seeds in the field have received first round byes. Number two Andy Murray will be playing for the first time since falling to Djokovic in the semifinal round of the Shanghai Masters last month.
Third seed Roger Federer of Switzerland, meanwhile, will be arriving in Paris fresh from his 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 victory against Spaniard Rafael Nadal at the Swiss Indoors for his sixth trophy of the season, three behind Djokovic’s haul.
Federer’s compatriot, Stan Wawrinka, on the other hand, seeks to get back into form after his first round defeat in Basel. Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, seeded fifth, will try to follow up his romp in Stockholm last October.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori, seeded sixth, will be making his return from injury after securing one of the last two slots for the London World Tour Finals.
Nadal, who fell short of his title bid bi Bercy eight years ago, will see action in Paris pleased with his form after engaging Federer to the hilt in their title battle last Sunday.
Another Spaniard, David Ferrer, the last man going to the year-end tournament in London, takes the eighth seeding after missing out in competition last week due to an arm injury.