Novak Djokovic claimed his 40th ATP World Tour titles on Sunday when he defeated David Ferrer to win the Paris Masters.
The 26-year-Old Serb beat Spaniard Ferrer, who was appearing in his second Paris finals in Roland Garos and Bercy, 7-5, 7-5 in one hour and 52 minutes. The victory sees him hoist his second trophy in the Paris tournament (first was in 2009) and was his sixth crown of the year after victories at the Australian Open, in Dubai, Monte Carlo, Beijing and Shanghai.
Djokovic is the 15th player in the Open Era to make the forty- title club, and the third active player along with Roger Federer and Nadal.
“I am definitely playing the best tennis this year now,” the Belgrade native said. “I’m playing on a very high level and have lots of confidence in myself, in my game.”
The world number two kept alive his hopes of finishing year-end World number one for the third consecutive year as well after drawing 1000 Emirates ATP ranking points from the victory.
“I knew that coming into the match I’m going to have to work for my points… He’s a great competitor, one of the most respected guys on tour because he works hard and he’s very humble and he’s a very nice person,” Djokovic said of Ferrer.
Ferrer started the match confidently, sending deep penetrating forehands and not allowing the Serb to dictate from the baseline. The Spaniard’s strength and grinding style gave Djokovic problem from the onset and his consistently aggressive serves put the Serb on his heels.
Djokovic got into his strides when Ferrer served for the set at 5-4; he reeled off four straight games to snatch the opening set.
The decider was similar to the first as Ferrer remained composed and fired up. They would remain on serve until 5-4 when Djokovic stepped on the gas pedal again, breaking to level at 5-all and cruising from there. Djokovic claimed victory on his second match point when Ferrer netted a forehand.
For Ferrer, who is only the seventh player to reach both Paris finals in a season, a nine-match winning streak at the Palais Omnisports de Paris, Bercy, was halted on Sunday. He was looking to become the first player to retain the Paris Masters in history.
“I think it was really a good match, really good rallies,” said Ferrer. “I played maybe better than yesterday (talking about his semi-final victory over Nadal), and lost.”
Both players immediately head to London for the 2013 ATP World Tour Finals, where on Tuesday, Djokovic tackles Federer and Nadal and Ferrer lock horns- rematches of the Paris semi-finals.