Novak Djokovic will head into the ATP Finals oozing with confidence.
The top-ranked Serbian will take on his rivals at the year-end event starting next weekend on an 18-match winning streak, fresh from victory in the 40th Masters 1000 tournament.
Djokovic, who has not lost a match since losing to Carlos Alcaraz in the Wimbledon final in July, won a record-breaking seventh title at the Paris Masters on Sunday with a quick and easy 6-4, 6-3 victory over Grigor Dimitrov. in the final.
Djokovic, who had been pushed to three sets in his previous three matches, enjoyed a comfortable evening under the roof of the Palais Omnisports.
“Unbelievable. To be able to win it after challenging circumstances for me this week,” said Djokovic, who was hampered by a stomach virus in Paris. “Basically, coming back from the brink of losing three games in a row, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I was very close to losing those games and managed to find an extra gear when needed.”
Djokovic was in complete control from the start in the final and Dimitrov made a timid start, letting his opponent dictate the play and not finding his rhythm.
Dimitrov was second in all events and the result improved Djokovic’s record against Dimitrov to 12-1.
Djokovic was unable to touch his serve and did not face a single break as he claimed his 40th Masters 1000 title. Djokovic extended his lead over Alcaraz in the race for the No. 1 spot. 1 to 1,490 points, which makes it more likely that he will finish the year as the best player for the eighth time that he increased the record.
The Serbian dropped just seven points on his serve in the opening set and broke into a 4-3 lead. As he walked back to his chair for the change after sealing the first set, he was booed and whistled by sections of fans. Djokovic seemed unfazed and even amused.
With a big grin on his face, he encouraged the crowd as they gestured towards him as if to encourage them to whistle and make more noise.
Dimitrov was in trouble again while serving in the fifth game of the second set and was broken after a series of mistakes. Djokovic didn’t slow down and won his next serve to love to open a 4-2 lead. He broke again in the ninth game as Dimitrov’s last backhand went out of bounds.
“Today, I think we were both pretty tight at the start, and I could see he was running out of gas a little bit,” said Djokovic. . I think the game was closer than the score indicates, but another great win for me. I’m really proud of this one, considering what I’ve done this week.”
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