Nice of the Paris Masters peeps to schedule Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime first up – right when his Canadian contemporaries take on Russia in BJK Cup in Prague.
(By nice, we mean … not nice). But after another slow start, he got through.
Later, there was Gaël Monfils and … Novak Djokovic – who returned to action and was pushed hard by the usual solid effort (so often in vain) by Marton Fucsovics.
A lot of three-setters, which meant that the final match of the day didn’t start until well after 11:30 p.m.
(Here’s Wednesday’s OOP – it’s loaded)
Rolex Paris Masters
Location: Paris-Bercy, France
Category: ATP 1000
Dates: Nov. 1 – 7, 2021
Prize money: €3,084,450
Draws: S56 – D24
Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021
Singles, second round
Singles, first round
Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) def. [WC] Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 67 (4) 76 (2) 75
Marin Cilic (CRO) def. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP) 63 64
Taylor Fritz (USA) def. Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) 36 62 63
[Q] Marcos Giron (USA) def Frances Tiafoe (USA) 67 (5) 64 63
Karen Khachanov (RUS) def. [Q] Mikael Ymer (SWE) 64 75
Reilly Opelka (USA) def. Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 63 76 (4)
[Q] Tommy Paul (USA) def Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 63 64
[LL] Alexei Popyrin (AUS)
Lloyd Harris (RSA) def Alex de Minaur (AUS) 60 63
Doubles, first round
[WC] Benjamin Bonzi / Arthur Rinderknech (FRA) def Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) / Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 76 (3) 64
Sander Gille / Joran Vliegen (BEL) def. Simone Bolelli (ITA) / Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) 76 (2) 64