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Game info Novak Djokovic x Karen Khachanov 


The clash between Novak Djokovic and Karen Khachanov takes place this Thursday, November 3, in a match valid for the round of 16 of the ATP Masters 1000 Paris in its 2022 version. The greatest champion in the history of the ATP Paris, Novak Djokovic, returns to the courts thirsty for the title. Despite not being one of the main seeds, he is again the big favorite for the title in this edition. As his second obstacle in the French tournament, he will face Russian Karen Khachanov. The estimated start of the match is at 14:00 UTC.


How the ATP Masters 1000 Paris works


The ATP Masters 1000 Paris is a traditional tennis competition that currently distributes 1000 ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals), ranking points to the winner. The tournament's first edition was held in 1972, reaching its 48th edition this year. We will have all the best players in the world in contention for the cup in the 2022 edition, except Alexander Zverev, who will not attend due to injury. Emphasizing the main competitors, we will have the big favorite for the title, Novak Djokovic; the current number 1 in the world, Carlos Alcaraz; and the current number 2 in the world, Rafael Nadal, who will attempt an unprecedented title in his career. The ATP Masters 1000 Paris prize pool is €3.084.450, and the tournament in 2022 will run from October 29 to November 6.


Novak Djokovic

At first, Novak Djokovic currently occupies number 7 in the ATP ranking, reaching the best position of his career in July 2011, when he occupied number 1 in the world for the first time. Continuing his overwhelming streak of victories, the Serbian has 17 consecutive matches without losing on the ATP World Tour courts (not considering the Laver Cup). He consequently won three titles in the competitions: Wimbledon, ATP Tel Aviv, and Astana ATP, respectively. In his debut at the ATP Masters 1000 in Paris, he managed to win with more difficulties than his North American opponent Maxime Cressy imagined. In the first set, neither side had no service breaks, and Djokovic won in the tie-break 7-1. In the second set, the Serbian broke his opponent's serve, and it was easy to close the duel in straight sets.


Karen Khachanov

On the other hand, Karen Khachanov currently occupies number 19 in the ATP rankings, reaching the best position of her career in July 2019, when she was number 8 in the world. Even far from living his best form on the courts of the ATP World Tour, the Russian athlete is always considered a respected opponent, mainly for his efficient service game. With a powerful serve combined with his excellent forehand return, he does not suffer many service outages. It is also worth mentioning that despite not having won relevant titles this season, he achieved his best campaign in a Major-level tournament (Grand Slam) recently, where he reached the semifinals of the US Open. In his campaign for the ATP Paris so far, he easily beat Argentine Sebastian Baez in his debut and, with great difficulties, the Swiss Marc Andrea Huesler by 2 sets to 1.

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