A handful of men's tennis' top-ranked superstars will be on display this week in Paris, site of the 2012 Paribas Masters, one of the most anticipated tournaments that compose the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 series.
Here we get you set for this week's singles tournament from Paris.
When: Monday, October 29 through Sunday, November 4
Where: Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Paris, France
Watch: Tennis Channel
Live Streaming: TennisTV.com
How Will Roger Federer's Absence Impact Tournament?
Roger Federer, who was set to enter this year's Paribas Masters as the No. 1 seed, announced that he would skip the tournament in order to rest up for the upcoming ATP World Tour Finals in London shortly after losing to Juan Martin del Potro in the final of the Swiss Indoors.
No. 2-seeded Novak Djokovic will now be the man to beat on the hard courts of Paris. Fed's absence means that the most likely Sunday finals matchup will pit Djokovic against 2012 U.S. Open champion Andy Murray.
Djokovic last won the Paribas Masters in 2009, defeating French player Gael Monfils in three sets.
Click here to view the entire Paribas Masters 2012 men's singles draw.
With Roger Federer out of the picture, I'm predicting we'll see a rematch of the singles final we witnessed at the Shanghai Rolex Masters a few weeks ago, Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray. The two have ignited a fresh back-and-forth rivalry that was brought to life during their amazing five-set U.S. Open final in September.
No disrespect to David Ferrer or Tomas Berdych, but Djokovic, Murray and Juan Martin del Potro are the only men in this tournament who have won a Grand Slam. I don't expect to see del Potro's best tennis however, considering he's coming off a grueling title run at the Swiss Indoors last week.
So, back to the two favorites.
Murray's win over Djokovic in Flushing Meadows provided a huge lift to his confidence without question, but after his failure against the Serbian star in China, I have to give Djokovic the edge in a potential Paris final. I'll take Novak Djokovic in a three-set thriller.
Paribas Masters 2012 TV Schedule
|Date||Round||Start Time (ET)||Network|
|Monday, Oct. 29||1st Round||6:00 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Tuesday, Oct. 30||1st and 2nd Rounds||6:00 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Wednesday, Oct. 31||2nd Round||6:00 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Thursday, Nov. 1||Round of 16||6:00 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Friday, Nov. 2||Quarterfinals||9:00 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Saturday, Nov. 3||Semifinals||9:30 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Sunday, Nov. 4||Final||9:00 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
*All information courtesy of TennisChannel.com.
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