Djokovic sends warning to rivals
with Paris Masters title
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[November 04, 2019]
By Julien Pretot
PARIS (Reuters) - World number one
Novak Djokovic saw off Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-3 6-4 to win a
record-extending fifth Paris Masters title on Sunday in a warning to
his rivals ahead of the ATP Finals.
The Serbian faced only one break point in another impressive display
to claim a 34th career Masters title against world number 28
Shapovalov, who was playing his first final at that level.
"I served very well, there were not many rallies in the match. A
break in each set was enough, it was the best serving performance in
this tournament," said Djokovic, who did not drop a set this week as
he won his 77th ATP title.
"It was his first Masters final so in a way experience prevailed.
But I played very solidly today. Maybe he lost his focus a bit."
Shapovalov, who will reach a career-high 15th in the ATP rankings on
Monday, ended the tournament with a sense of pride, knowing that
there was little he could do against an almost unplayable Djokovic.
"Credit to Novak," he said. "Of course it's a tough ending but he
was the better player," added the Canadian, who has now lost all
four of his matches against 16-times grand slam winner Djokovic.
Djokovic, who started the week with a cold, is now one Masters title
shy of Rafael Nadal's all-time record and on Sunday, the 32-year-old
was untouchable at the Bercy arena.
Djokovic, who will be supplanted by Nadal at top of the ATP rankings
on Monday, made a fine start, stealing Shapovalov's first service
game as he opened a 3-0 lead.
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning the
Paris Masters REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
The Serb was never threatened in the opening set, dropping only four
points on serve as Shapovalov looked tight having not played on
Saturday following Nadal's withdrawal.
The 20-year-old faced a break point in the first game of the second
set, saving it with a powerful first serve but a forehand error on
Djokovic's second opportunity gave his opponent a decisive 4-3 lead.
Djokovic then held serve throughout to snatch a morale-boosting
victory ahead of the Nov. 10-17 ATP Finals in London, where he will
be looking to secure the year-end world number one spot.
"I'm in a better position (to finish the season as world number one)
than I was before this tournament but the only thing I can do is to
focus on my game," said Djokovic.
Nadal's participation in the Finals is in doubt after the Spaniard
sustained an abdominal injury in the warm-up to Saturday's
semi-final in Paris.
Twenty-times Grand Slam champion Roger Federer skipped the event to
be fresh for the season-ender at the O2.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Toby Davis)
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