Novak Djokovic wins back-to-back Masters
The 2013 Paris Masters concluded on Sunday and Novak Djokovic claimed the title after a 7-5, 7-5 victory against David Ferrer. It only took one hour and 52 minutes for the champion to be determined in front of the packed court at Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy, as Djokovic got one step closer to being the best tennis player in the world and finishing the year in the top spot.
This was the sixth title he claimed this season and also the 40th APT title of his career. Only 14 other players managed to reach this milestone. Ferrer also had a great run in Paris and eliminated Rafael Nadal on his way to the finals but was unable to get past his last opponent and become the first man to retain the title. Nadal will get his chance to take revenge on November 5th as the two will face off in the Barclay’s ATP World Tour Finals, while Djokovic will play against Roger Federer.
It was certainly a close game as Ferrer had a great performance but Djokovic kept grinding away at the Spaniard to eventually claim the victory in Paris.[geocode id=1]
Djokovic doesn’t fail to impress
The 26-year-old Belgrade born turned up the heat and by the end of the match, it looked that he was in complete control despite the constant efforts from Ferrer to keep on. The champion had a very impressive match against a tough opponent and got 83% of his first serve points; significantly more than the 29% Ferrer got.
The decisive moment took place when Ferrer failed a serve and injured his hand. From this point, Djokovic simply took over and won 16 out of the last 21 points on his way to reclaim the title he won four years ago. The race for the No. 1 player in the world is now very close but as Djokovic stated after the win in Paris, it doesn’t just depend on him; Rafael Nadal has had an impressive year thus far. The two great players don’t have a lot of time to rest as their next matches will take place on Tuesday in London and they can determine which of the two will get the advantage in the race.
This marks the first time that Djokovic won back-to-back Masters Series tournaments since his great run in 2011, when he claimed victories in Rome, Madrid and Montreal.
Ferrer stated that despite this loss in Paris, it was a great year for him and that he remains very positive about his results. The goal for the Spaniard is to focus on the last tournament of the year and fight for third position while Nadal and Djokovic will battle it out for number one.
According to the major bookmakers, Nadal is favorite to win in the ATP World Tour Finals against Ferrer with 2/9 odds, while Ferrer has 10/3 odds to repeat his victory from Saturday. Djokovic is also the clear favorite against Federer at 2/7 odds against 11/4.