Djokovic Wins Paris, Gets Leg Up in Year-end No. 1 Race
by Staff | November 2nd, 2014, 8:45 pm

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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8 Comments for Djokovic Wins Paris, Gets Leg Up in Year-end No. 1 Race

RZ Says:

Well done to Djokovic. I would have thought he’d ben distracted by the birth of his son but clearly not.

Michael Says:

So far in this tournament, Novak has looked pretty impressive and he had a tough draw to boot. But still the ease with which he dismantled players of the calibre of Kohlschrieber, Andy, Kei and finally Raonic goes to prove that the old fire within him is still lurking around like a collossus. And like Roger, Novak looks impeccable in indoor hard courts. With this hard earned win, Novak looks the favourite to end the Year as World No.1 although Roger still can fancy his chance with a good showing at the World Tour Finals, but that looks a bit remote at this instant considering that a lot counts on Novak’s performance too over which Roger has no hold. Now, Novak has been able to silence his doubters including me in the way he has been able to undermine the deleterious effect his familial ways had on his career. But time will tell as to whether Novak can carry this forward and if he does creditably, then he has to be accorded with due honours for there are very few players on the circuit who were able to solve this puzzle of striking the right balance between the needs of their career and the pressures of family.

Michael Says:

But I think Roger would be a different player at the World Tour finals where the surface plays pretty similar to Shanghai and Basel. The pretty high bounce at Paris Masters undid Roger where he lost his rhythym, timing as well as pace in his shots and he tellingly struggled to stay afloat.

Steve 27 Says:

Djoker is the main favorite to win a 4th Masters and a third in a row like Nastase and Lendl.
Lets hope Randall write an article about this.

elina Says:

You guys! WTF draw out in the next hour or so!

I fully expect Wawrinka and Berdych to be in Federer’s WTF group. Muzza in Nole’s.

Out of Raonic and Cilic, much tougher call as they have both beaten Roger this year but I’ll go with Raonic to round out Fed’s section.

elina Says:

Wow. Could not have been more wrong. Nishi, Raonic and Murray in Fed’s half with Wawrinka, Berdych and Cilic in Nole’s.

Well I got Milos in Fed’s half right at least!

Very rough draw for Roger.

Daniel Says:

elina where did you find the groupings? I am in London site and can`t find where. Usually they already show the groups.


Haw come this is rough draw for Roger? If I remember well all these players except Raonic, were in Nole,s side and Raonic in finals in Paris and Berdych and Wawrinka in Roger,s.So let see now what is going to happen.
Good luck Nole and let better player be first.

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