Djokovic Wins 5th Paris Indoor Title, Puts Pressure On Nadal For No. 1 Ranking
by Staff | November 3rd, 2019, 4:05 pm
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Novak Djokovic collected his fifth Paris Indoor title cruising past surprise finalist Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4.

“I think I had the best serving match of the tournament, and that’s why the match was pretty short,” said Djokovic who improves to 4-0 against the Canadian. “I put him under pressure [on] the second serve, and from the back of the court, I was solid and not giving him too many opportunities.

“Just one of the best matches I have played, definitely, this week. And I feel like the second part of the week was terrific. It was improving day-by-day for me in terms of level of tennis.”

The Serb never dropped a set all week and never lost serve in his last four matches, facing just one break point and that was today.

Shapovalov, who earned a walkover yesterday from Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, was seeking the biggest win of his career and his first ATP title.

“It was tough for me to find a groove just because he was really, really picking his spots on the serve,” Shapovalov said. “Big credit to him. He played an amazing match and had a great week. I wish him the best of luck for London.”

His 34th career Masters crown also moved Djokovic closer to Rafael Nadal in the 2019 point standings. Djokovic is just 640 points shy of the Spaniard who might not be able to play at the ATP Finals.

“I’m sad to see that he’s injured because that’s not what you want to see, not for Rafa, not for any other athlete,” Djokovic said. “In terms of points, that puts me in a better position after this week. But, again, I have to keep on winning. There’s always a chance that I win all my matches in London, that I play well. I have done it in the past, and I like playing there. But it’s extremely difficult task, considering who my opponents are going to be.”

The ATP Finals begin a week from today. If Nadal doesn’t play the event, Djokovic could wrap up No. 1 by reaching the final.


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10 Comments for Djokovic Wins 5th Paris Indoor Title, Puts Pressure On Nadal For No. 1 Ranking

Paco Says:

Novak is the best. Especially when compared to Nadal and Federer :)


Andy Mira Says:

Much congrats to Nole & fans!…Gotta admit,i really underestimated Nole this time(i know!i shouldn’t done that!)…I really thought that his chances of winning Paris this time is a tall order considering he had to get thru Tsitsi & Meddy & after dismal Shanghai(and he owned Shanghai too!)…Oh boy!Nole really kicked our a@$es pretty hard for that!..hehe..

Hey M!…Only backhandpass had a common sense by picking Novak as a winner!hahaha….Serve us right!

C ya next year in Bracket Challenge M!!😙👋


Wog Boy Says:

One thing for sure, Safin looks hot and I am saying this as a man, I still remember AO 2002 and those 3 hot ladies that he brought into his box after night out, and they were hot hot ladies, one of them looked really tired😉


j-kath Says:

Yep – Congrats to Nole.
And congrats to Andy and Kim on the birth of their 3rd child – I guessed wrong, its A Son!


Giles Says:

Well, at least Andy is busy making babies!
Congrats Andy.


Dave Says:

Djokovic got the way easier group compared to Nadal.


j-kath Says:

Giles: Both Andy + Kim are 32 – still time for baby no. 4 —one way to equal with Roger!!!!!
Andy has been asked to play in next Davis Cup (Madrid 18th to 24th) …..


Alison Hodge Says:

Wogboy cannot disagree lol ;-)


RZ Says:

J-Kath, they even have time to try for 2 sets of twins! LOL


j-kath Says:

RZ: They might – but they might consider they shouldn’t contribute to climate change by producing more potential consumers?????? Instead, maybe Andy could produce a stunning win against Roger before they both retire…..another Olympic gold?


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