Novak Djokovic won his fifth title at the Paris Masters 1000 without complications by defeating Canadian Denis Shapovalov (world number 28) in the final 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and five minutes.
“I have felt better and more confident throughout the tournament. I have not lost a set, it was a super tournament “, declared Djokovic just before receiving the trophy from the Russian Marat Safin, triple winner in the French capital (2000, 2002, 2004).
“I was very confident, especially these last three days. It is very encouraging for the Masters, “added the Serbian.
At the age of 32, ‘Nole’ has conquered his 34th Masters 1000 and remains one of the Spanish Rafael Nadal, to whom he will cede the leadership of the ATP ranking on Monday.
However, he will have the opportunity to recover it at the season-ending Masters that brings together the eight best tennis players of the year in London (from 10 to 17 November).
Djokovic, who seemed very weak from a bad cold when he debuted on Wednesday, lifted his 5th title of the season this Sunday: two Grand Slams (Australia and Wimbledon), two Masters 1000 (Madrid and Paris), and the ATP 500 of Tokyo
In his career he already has 77 titles, 16 of them Grand Slam.
This Sunday, Shapovalov, who benefited the day before from Nadal’s withdrawal to qualify for his first Masters 1000 final, could not put Djokovic in trouble.
In total, the 20-year-old Canadian only managed one break ball, in the second round, that he could not convert.
In spite of everything, on Monday he will dawn in the 15th step of the ATP ranking, the best position of his young career. AFP