Novak Djokovic cruises past Canadian youngster Denis Shapovalov to fifth Bercy title


Paris: Novak Djokovic eased to a record-extending fifth Paris Masters title by brushing apart Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov in Sunday’s last, boosting his hopes of taking the year-end world primary spot.

The highest seed claimed a dominant 6-Three, 6-Four victory over his 20-year-old opponent, who regarded nervous after being the beneficiary of Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal earlier than their scheduled semi-final.

Djokovic will lose prime spot within the rankings to Nadal subsequent week, however might nonetheless equal Pete Sampras’ file by ending a sixth yr because the world’s greatest participant.

The 33-year-old Nadal is a health doubt for the ATP Tour Finals, which begin in London on November 10, as a consequence of an belly muscle pressure, whereas Djokovic has gained the season-ending championships 5 instances.

Djokovic, who misplaced to Russian Karen Khachanov in final yr’s Bercy last, saved the one break level he confronted as he sealed his fourth win from as many matches towards the world quantity 28 Shapovalov.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion has now gained 34 Masters titles, transferring to inside considered one of Nadal on the prime of the all-time record, and 77 on the ATP Tour in whole.

It was Djokovic’s fifth trophy of the season after earlier triumphs at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, in addition to on the Madrid Open and in Tokyo.

His success provides to his earlier Paris Masters titles from 2009 and 2013-2015.

– Djokovic makes assertion –

Djokovic, enjoying in his 50th Masters last, wasted no time in making a press release, serving an ace on the primary level en path to a maintain to like.

Nerves had been clearly affecting Shapovalov, as he gifted Djokovic an early 2-Zero lead with a collection of unforced errors.

Shapovalov discovered his rhythm on serve to get on the board, however the first-set momentum had already been seized by his illustrious opponent, who eased 5-2 in entrance.

The comfy opening set for the world primary was wrapped up on the first time of asking with a forehand volley after simply 28 minutes on courtroom.

Shapovalov, who claimed his maiden ATP title final month in Stockholm, kicked off the second set with a double fault, earlier than a mishit forehand handed Djokovic a break level.

However the left-handed Canadian recovered with aces on each break level and recreation level to carry his serve.

The shape that he confirmed in his sensible quarter-final win over Gael Monfils on Friday was nowhere to be seen, although, and the 32-year-old Djokovic moved to the brink of victory with a break in recreation seven to guide the second set Four-Three.