Defending champion and top-ranked Novak Djokovic won his third Paris Masters title Sunday afternoon, decisively defeating big-serving Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-3 in a clinical performance in the final at Bercy. The victory was Djokovic’s 600th career win and 20th Masters Series crown. Djokovic also won at Paris in 2009. With the win, the 27-year-old Serb extended his points lead over second-ranked Roger Federer from 490 to 1310 in the battle for the year-end No. 1 ranking. Federer lost to Raonic in the quarterfinals on Friday. Both Djokovic and Federer, along with Raonic, will be competing in the eight-man ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 in London starting a week from today. The seventh-seeded Raonic’s big week saw him not only record his first Top 3 win and reach his second Masters final, but also edge David Ferrer for the final spot in the field at London. Djokovic’s win was his 27th consecutive indoors, dating back to an opening-round loss at Paris two years ago. The Serb now leads the ATP Tour with six titles on the year. “Congratulations to Milos, I’m very happy for him that he qualified for London but today I played the best tennis I’ve played all week,” Djokovic said. “It’s not easy against a player with such a big serve but I played an exceptional match and I’m very happy to win this trophy.” Djokovic broke a nervous Raonic in the second game of the match and was poised to go up 4-0, before the Canadian saved a break point and got on the board to trail 1-3. Raonic saved three more break points in the sixth game and pressed Djokovic in the seventh, earning three break opportunities. Nole saved the break points to hold for 5-2 and broke Raonic for a second time in the next game to take the opener. Djokovic earned a break again in the second game of the second set, failed to cash two match points against Raonic’s serve in the eighth, and then served it out on his third match point in one hour and 23 minutes. “I thought he played some great tennis, neutralized my serve well,” said Raonic, who served just nine aces compared to the 21 in his quarterfinal win over Federer. “He didn’t really give me too many looks. Even on the break chances I had, he played them well. He just made life difficult for me today.” Djokovic, who improved to 4-0 against Raonic, hit four aces and had 16 winners while committing just 10 unforced errors. The Serb saved four of four break points, while Raonic defended six of nine.
Djokovic Sweeps Past Raonic to Capture Paris Masters
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