World No. 18, and number 12 seed, Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain, will take on Benoît Paire of France, the world number 44, in the first round of the 2021 Paris Masters on Monday, November 1. Get the live streaming options of this Pablo Carreno-Busta v Benoît Paire match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Pablo Carreno-Busta v Benoît Paire Head to Head
The pair have played each other no fewer than twelve times before, and Paire leads their head-to-head series by eight matches to four.
However, it has been two years since they last played each other, at a time when the form of the two men was completely different to what it is now.
For the record that year, Paire in Barcelona, whilst it was Carreno-Busta who triumphed at the French Open.
Carreno-Busta Looking to End the Year Well
In theory, Carreno-Busta could still book his place in the ATP Finals in Turin, but it is a long shot. He would have to win the tournament and rely on those ahead of him in the race all to fall by the wayside in the early rounds.
Given that he has never won a Masters event, which is unlikely in the extreme, although he did make the quarter-finals here last year.
Instead, he will have to content himself with another solid year of achievement on the tour, which has seen him appear in three finals, winning two of them, in Andalucía and Hamburg, and also beating Novak Djokovic in the bronze medal match in the Olympics.
He lost in the first round in Vienna last week, going down in three sets to Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Can Paire Find Sone End of Season Redemption in Paris?
It has been a hugely disappointing season for Paire, the mercurial Frenchman, who often finds the most difficult opponent he has to battle on court is himself.
By his own admission he struggled to play in the absence of crowds earlier in the season, whilst his poor behaviour during a match in Argentine led to him being banned from the French Olympic team.
A good run in Paris would, at least, help him redeem something from a year that has been largely one to forget otherwise.
The omens though are not good. He has never been further than the second round of his home event, and he lost his last two matches, in the first round in Indian Wells and Antwerp.
Carreno-Busta v Paire Prediction and Tip
Although Paire has the better head-to-head record, he has not been in that sort of form in 2021,and his record in his home Masters event is poor. It would be a turn-up for the books if this were not a win for the Spaniard.