World No. 1 Novak Djokovic recorded his 600th tour-level win on Sunday, defeating Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.
“I played the best match of the entire week today when it was most needed,” Djokovic said. “I got a lot of returns back and just overall I’m extremely happy with the performance.”
Djokovic joined Roger Federer (991), Rafael Nadal (706), Lleyton Hewitt (611) and David Ferrer (602) as active players with 600 wins.
The win gives Djokovic a large leg up over Federer in the battle for the year-end No. 1 ranking.
“I see it better now than one week ago, that’s for sure,” Djokovic said. “It helps that I won the title in Bercy, that I’m playing well, and that I’m feeling good about myself on the court playing indoors. That encourages me, as I said before, prior to the last event of the year…Now I cannot affect his matches. I can affect only what I can do in my own matches [in London].”
Djokovic remains unbeaten in his past 27 indoor matches.
Raonic for the week cliched a spot in the ATP year-end championships, but fell to 0-2 in career ATP Masters-level finals.
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