Djokovic dominates with winning rout in Bercy
Novak Djokovic made quick work of outclassed Canadian Denis Shapovalov on Sunday, administering a 6-3, 6-4 beatdown to win his fifth title at the Paris Masters
The victory in just 68 minutes gave the Serb a late edge in the race to year-end No. 1 status, with Rafael Nadal, forced with withdraw on Saturday with an abdominal muscle tear prior to his semi-final match against Shapovalov.
The Spaniard who takes back to top ranking on Monday despite the Paris outcome, remains unsure if he will be fit to compete at the year-end ATP Finals which start next Sunday in London.
Djokovic, playing in his 50th career final at the Masters 1000 level, scored his 34th M1000 title – one less than all-time leader Nadal.
“This was a great tournmaent to me, I didn’t drop a set,” Djokovic said after finishing with just seven unforced errors compared to 22 for his opponent.
“I played well, especially in the last three matches,” added last year’s losing finalist to Karen Khachanov.
“I made a lot of progress and felt more confident and comfortable on the court with each match.
“Denis was playing his first Masters final, it was a new experience for him. But he did well. Both of us served well, there were not too many rallies.
“I was solid when I needed to be and that was enough.”
Djokovic called the victory for his fifth trophy of the season “encouragement heading into London. I hope to have a good tournament there.
“Now I have a week to rest and get ready,” he said of the wrapup eight-man event.”
Djokovic broke once per set to control his 20-year-old opponent ranked 28th.
He finished on the first of three match points as he put a winner into the corner.
The trophy was presented by three-time titleholder (2000, 2002 and 2004), Marat Safin.
Shapovalov said he was comprehensively schooled: “Novak played a great match, congratulations.
“This has been a fun week for me, it was a life-changing hell of a week.”
Djokovic improved his season record to 53-9 as he beat Shapolov for the fourth time in their career series.
Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online