Novak Djokovic clinches his 34th ATP Masters 1000 title at the Rolex Paris Masters 2019 after cruising past through Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4 in the finals on Sunday. With this victory, the Serb also conquers his fifth title at Paris-Bercy.
Djokovic is the only player who has won 5 titles at the Paris Masters and he broke his own record of holding 4 titles.
The World No.1 flew off to perfect start breaking Shapovalov in his opening service game and cruising to a 3-0 lead. Djokovic blasted all his cylinders to serve out the set 6-3 in just 30 minutes.
Novak Djokovic did not face a single breakpoint in his five service games of the first set, losing only 4 points his serve. Playing his first ATP Tour Masters 1000 finals, the Canadian next-generation star could manage to win only 3 out of the 20 points while returning Djokovic’s 1st serve.
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Denis Shapovalov was back on track in the second set after saving a breakpoint in his opening service game before holding three crucial serve games. However, the 20-year-old still couldn’t trouble the 16-time Grand Slam champion on hi serve as the set was tied up at 3-3.
Novak Djokovic then changed gears in the next game as he broke Shapovalov quite easily as the next-generation star lost concentration. Shapovalov earned his first opportunity to break Djokovic for the first time in the match and get a re-break in the next game but he made a tentative error to squander the chance to get back in the match.
The World No.1 then made no mistakes while serving for the match as he sealed the set 6-4 in just 35 minutes and claimed the 5th title of the 2019 season – most by any player on the ATP Tour, tieing with Dominic Thiem.
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With this victory, Djokovic closes his gap with Rafael Nadal’s record 35 Masters 1000 title. He also earns 1000 crucial ATP points as he further closes his fight with Rafael Nadal for the year-end No.1 rank.
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