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Tennis: This week's highlights

The ATP Finals are just around the corner, but first there's the small matter of the Paris Masters to take care of.

WhatATP Paris Masters
WherePalais omnisports de Paris-Bercy
WhenFrom 9:00, Monday 31st October 2022
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsNovak Djokovic 13/8, Daniil Medvedev 9/2, Carlos Alcaraz 6/1, Rafael Nadal 10/1

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are the biggest names in town but, aside from the injured Alexander Zverev, the entire top ten in the world will contest the final ATP 1000 event of the season.

It's the 50th edition of one of the highlights of the men's year and defending champion Djokovic is aiming to break his own record by winning the event for the seventh time.

Favourite arrives in peak form

Djokovic begins his quest as the sixth seed, but that owes everything to the number of tournaments he has missed and nothing to his current form.

The evergreen 35-year-old has claimed back-to-back titles in Tel Aviv and Astana, racking up a nine-match winning streak. By contrast the highest seed in Djokovic's quarter, Casper Ruud, has lost in the first round of his last two tournaments and will need to step up his game to avoid another early exit.

The 2018 champion Karen Khachanov is a potential third-round opponent, but it will be a surprise if Djokovic does not reach the last four where, aside from old rival Rafael Nadal, Australian Open semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas is a potential opponent.

Teen stars looking to make a splash

While Djokovic rightly hogs most of the headlines it's not all about the Serbian superstar as a host of exciting young talents will be hoping to make an impact.

Carlos Alcaraz has had a fantastic year, picking up his first career Grand Slam title at the US Open and becoming the youngest world number one in ATP history in September at the age of 19.

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The top seed arrives following a semi-final exit to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Swiss Indoors Basel. That is the third time in three meetings that Alcaraz has lost to the Canadian and a juicy clash can be expected should they meet again in the semis in Paris.

Danish teen Holger Rune also lurks in Alcaraz's section. The 19-year-old is unseeded but doesn't look to have the toughest of routes to the quarter-finals where he is likely to meet Alcaraz.

Can Medvedev continue Paris love affair?

It has been an up-and-down campaign for Russia's Daniil Medvedev and the world number four will be hopeful that his return to Paris provides a high point.

Medvedev won the tournament in 2020 and lost to Djokovic in the final last year, and he is a 9/2 chance to win back the trophy.

Should he reach the last eight, Medvedev could well face in-form Auger-Aliassime. The Canadian had won 12 straight matches going into Sunday's final in Basel against Rune.

Nadal seeking first Paris title

With 92 career ATP titles, there's not a lot missing from Nadal's trophy cabinet, but the Mallorcan marvel has never won the Paris Masters.

Unfortunately for Nadal, he is likely to have to beat Djokovic just to reach the final, where one of Medvedev, Alcaraz or Auger-Aliassime will presumably await.

Nadal did win the pair's only clash this season, but that was in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, where the Spaniard was on his way to a 14th title whereas this is very much Djokovic's turf.

Swiatek aiming to sign off season in style

WhatWTA Finals
WhereDickies Arena, Fort Worth, Texas, United States
WhenFrom 22:00, Monday 31st October 2022
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsIga Swiatek 5/4, Jessica Pegula 5/1, Ons Jabeur 6/1, Cori Gauff 13/2, Aryna Sabalenka 7/1, Caroline Garcia 9/1, Maria Sakkari 12/1, Daria Kasatkina 16/1

After a bit of a mid-season wobble, Iga Swiatek is ending the year in the style you'd expect of a dominant world number one and the Polish prodigy is 5/4 to cap a memorable year with victory in the WTA Finals.

The event takes place in Fort Worth, Texas, marking a return to the USA after a 17-year absence and home hopes rest with tournament debutants Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula.

Teenager Gauff is housed in the same group as Swiatek, along with Caroline Garcia and Daria Kasatkina, but the Pole has a 9-2 head-to-head record against those opponents and will be firmly expecting to top the group.

The other section features Pegula, Ons Jabeur, Aryna Sabalenka and Maria Sakkari with the American the 7/4 market leader to pick up most points in the group.

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