With the end of the tennis season now approaching fast, the world’s top players will be heading to France for the final Masters-level event of 2018.
It has been a long, bruising year for many players on the tour but they will be summoning their best efforts for the 2018 Paris Masters, which has 1,000 ranking points up for grabs.
Best Bookmakers to Bet on the Paris Masters
Spots at the ATP Finals, which are set to be held in London next month, are still on the table for a number of stars if they perform well in the French capital in the coming days.
And a stacked field means there are likely to be some sensational clashes at the Palais Omnisports in Bercy as players try to make sure they end the year on a high. Juan Martin del Potro is the major absentee as the Argentine has had to pull out due to a knee injury.
Jack Sock was a surprise winner here 12 months ago, but the American is well down the betting odds for the 2018 edition of the tournament, with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in place as the top three seeds.
All three men will be looking to lift the trophy at the end of the Paris Masters, while other names in the frame for success could include Alexander Zverev, Borna Coric and Kyle Edmund. But where is the best value on show in the odds for the Paris Masters? That’s exactly what we’ll be discussing today. First we’ll start with a look at the odds on the top 20 prospects and then break it down below.
2018 Paris Masters Odds
The following odds come courtesy of three reputable bookmakers. You can find odds on the entire field by following any of the links at the bottom of each column, but right here we have the 20 betting favourites compared side-by-side so you can find the best value for each of your picks.
Four-time Winner Djokovic a Major Threat
Perhaps surprisingly considering he is dominant at nearby Roland Garros, Nadal has never won the Paris Masters, although this tournament is played on an indoor hard court so is a totally different proposition to the French Open’s clay.
Djokovic, though, has a strong history in this competition as he has lifted the trophy four times, including three years in a row between 2013 and 2015 when he was the sport’s dominant figure.
The last couple of years have been tough for Djokovic as he struggled with form and fitness, but there have been signs that he is approaching the top level of his career once more.
Rising to second in the world, above Federer, means Djokovic is the second seed for the Paris Masters and he will be expecting to enjoy a long run deep into the tournament. With Nadal having no history to speak of in this event and Federer a doubt to play, Djokovic is perhaps the best option among the favourites to win the Paris Masters crown.
The Serbian superstar is offered at a price of 5/4 with the bookmakers, while Nadal is at 6/1. Those who want to back Federer to win the tournament for the first time since 2011 can do so at around the 8/1 mark, although he has not played the event for a couple of years.
Tsitsipas Seeks Strong End to Season
Arguably the breakout player of the ATP tour this season is Stefanos Tsitsipas, with the young Greek player having climbed into the top 20 in the world rankings.
Victory at the Stockholm Open last week – he beat Ernests Gulbis in the final – gave the 20-year-old the first singles title of his burgeoning career. That win made history as he became the first male Greek player ever to lift an ATP singles title.
That triumph came on indoor hard courts too, so adapting to the Paris Masters should not be too much of a challenge for Tsitsipas, who has been made the 14th seed.
That should ensure he has a couple of relatively easy matches first up to get himself into the swing of things, but much will depend on the draw he is given, of course.
Nevertheless, for a value selection on an each way basis for the Paris Masters, Tsitsipas could prove to be a very worthwhile option at small stakes, with ComeOn.com offering him at 40/1.
Having also reached the finals of both the Canadian Open and the Barcelona Open this year, Tsitsipas is a player very much on the rise and he is capable of causing a splash in Paris.
Will Nadal and Federer Enter?
Even with a couple of days to go before play gets under way in Paris, there is a question mark over the participation of both Nadal and Federer. The Swiss star – in action in Basel this week – has opted not to play the Paris Masters since 2015, but he has been urged to make his return to the tournament by its director Guy Forget.
“He has not been coming to Paris for a while. Fans expect him to finally make it because we are a Masters 1000 – twice bigger than Basel,” Forget said. “We have a great venue and the courts are a little bit faster now and it would be a very big opportunity for him to do very well.”
Federer is expected to make a late call on whether or not to take up his place in the Paris Masters draw, with Nadal in the same position as he tries to recover from a knee injury.
“In the past Rafa has always tried his best in Paris, last year he was a little bit injured and he still came,” Forget added of the Spaniard. “Like with Roger, we really hope he can make it but if it’s his physical condition his bad, we would wish him the best for the next season.”
Should Federer and Nadal save themselves for London, Djokovic’s path to glory could be clear. The Serbian can reclaim the world number one spot in Paris, having been ranked 22 in June.
Paris Masters Best Bets
Backing Federer and Nadal is a risk as they may drop out of the event, with Djokovic seeming like the best option regardless as he has won the Paris Masters four times before.
The chance to reclaim the world number one spot will be prize motivation for Djokovic – priced at 5/4 here – who can end the year on top as he did in 2011, 2012, 2014, as well as in 2015.
Tsitsipas is certainly an each-way option if the talented Greek rising star is given a good draw, with the 14th seed in good form of late and with a place in the world’s top 10 within his sights. He is available to back at 40/1 and is on a high after his maiden tournament win in Stockholm.
Alternatives are thin on the ground for a tournament normally won by an elite player, but John Isner reached the final two years ago and his big serve always makes him a threat indoors.
The giant American is offered at 25/1 across the board, which may be worth a wager at small stakes only.