Published: 11:27 01/09/2014
With the Grand Slams now done and dusted attention has turned to the season finale ATP World Tour Finals, with all eyes fixed on Paris for the Paris Masters.
The bright lights of Paris provide the perfect backdrop for the biggest names in the game to show off their stuff against each other.
One of the more prestigious Masters events, Paris has always attracted the worlds best players, with past winners including Arthur Ashe, Pete Sampras and Boris Becker.
The current hard court superstars Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have also claimed the crown in Paris more recently, but unlike other tournaments on the circuit now, it is not a competition that has been dominated by the usual suspects.
Clay court specialist David Ferrer and Robin Soderling are just two names that have upset the sports elite players in recent history, while the tournament has eluded two of the games ‘big four’ in Murray and Nadal,
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With the Paris Masters being the final tournament before the ATP Tour Finals, those not guaranteed of a spot in the Top 8 know that this is the last chance saloon if they are to make it to the O2.
This perhaps explains the tournaments nature to throw us a surprise winner, with the added incentive of a place in Tour Finals providing enough motivation to topple those at the top of the rankings.
The doubles tournament is one that has stayed truer to form down the years. It is no surprise then to see that Bob and Mike Bryan lead the way as the most successful pair ever to play the Paris Masters.
The current champions cruised to their third Paris Masters title winning in straight sets against Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares.
The Bryan brothers have been chasing their 100th doubles title together in 2014 and seem to be getting better and better with age. They’ll be back in Paris again this year and will be the ones to beat if anyone else wants to take the crown.