Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 12 November 2019

Novak Djokovic cruises to Paris Masters title to send out warning to ATP Finals rivals

World No 1 had few problems against Denis Shapovalov to win his 34th Masters

Novak Djokovic poses with the Paris Masters title after beating Denis Shapovalov in Sunday's final. EPA
Novak Djokovic poses with the Paris Masters title after beating Denis Shapovalov in Sunday's final. EPA

World No 1 Novak Djokovic saw off Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4 to win his 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 No 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.

"It was his first Masters final so in a way experience prevailed."

Djokovic, who will be supplanted by Rafael 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.

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 Rafael Nadal's withdrawal.

Shapovalov 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 November 10-17 ATP Finals in London, where he will be looking to secure the year-end world No 1 spot.

Updated: November 3, 2019 07:55 PM

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