The ATP Masters 1000 in Shanghai, also known as the Rolex Shanghai Masters, starts on October 4 and has not been held since 2020 due to Covid. Apart from Djokovic, all the top players are there, including the expected Jannik Sinner.
Shanghai Masters 2023: Alcaraz and Medvedev are favorites
After a gap of 4 years, mainly due to the Covid factor, which forced or recommended the cancellation of only 3 editions. Masters 1000 Shanghai. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments of the autumn tennis season, perhaps second only to the Paris-Bercy tournament, which was held about a month before it and, unlike Shanghai, was played indoors.
They will be present at the tournament 9 of the top 10 players in the ATP world rankingsExcept for Novak Djokovic and 24 of the top 25. The bookmakers’ favorite in Shanghai Masters betting can only be Carlos Alcaraz, even if he makes his Shanghai debut, given that this will be the last time the tournament takes place. The Spaniard played at the age of 16 and was in nearly his five-hundredth ATP position.
Alcaraz is currently taking part in the ATP 500 Beijing, which marks his return after the US Open. Daniil Medvedev, who will be in second place, also returned to Beijing after about a month of rest and will be among the favorites. defending champion. In fact, the Russian won the 2019 race, which was the last one.
Others from Sinner and Nole and the fatigue factor
Its echo in Italy Discussion about Jannik Sinner and its withdrawal from the Davis Cup quarter-finals. Actually Alcaraz also waived DavisTo recover from the efforts of the truly grueling US hardcourt season. However, Novak Djokovic was present at the Davis Cup but decided to skip the Asian tournaments and return to Bercy.
These are choices that must respond to individuals’ schedules and interests, but above all to the signals the body sends to athletes. Autumn is a strange season for tennis, as many arrive tired after a busy year of matches and traveling from one continent to another. Fatigue and injuries are determining factorsin the balance of professional tennis.
Also for this reason, at the Rolex Shanghai Masters, There is uncertainty behind the two big favorites. There are still doubts about Sinner’s physical condition and Holger Rune, who is ranked 3rd but is struggling with serious back problems. What about Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud, who look like shadows of acclaimed champions? Finally, watch out for Sascha Zverev, whose form is growing.