Andy Murray Indian Wells 2021

Andy Murray handed generous draw for Paris Masters

Andy Murray has avoided any of the big hitters in the opening round at the Paris Masters 1000 after receiving a wildcard for the prestigious event. 

Murray, who won the Paris Masters five years ago with victory over John Isner, will be confident of getting his 2021 Paris campaign off to an assured start as he meets a qualifier or lucky loser in round one.

Should Murray prevail, he will likely meet Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second-round, before another potential clash with Hubert Hurkacz for the fourth time in 2021.

Elsewhere, world number one Novak Djokovic, who like the other eight seeds will receive a bye for the first round, will meet either Marton Fucsovics or Fabio Fognini in his opener.

Reigning champion Daniil Medvedev will face either Ilya Ivashka or Albert Ramos-Vinolas, whilst third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas faces a tough start against South African star Lloyd Harris or Alex de Minaur.

In the pick of the first round encounters, Richard Gasquet returns on home soil to face Grigor Dimitrov in the battle of the one-handed backhands.

Jannik Sinner, who is currently enjoying a brilliant run of form on the indoor hard-courts, could face fellow Carlos Alcaraz in the second-round in a mouth-watering contest.

Potential quarter-final matchups: 

Novak Djokovic (1) vs Andrey Rublev (5)

Stefanos Tsitsipas (3) vs Hubert Hurkacz (7)

Casper Ruud (6) vs Alexander Zverev (4)

Daniil Medvedev (2) vs Jannik Sinner (8)

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