Serbian Novak Djokovic claimed his 77th ATP title thanks to a 6-4 6-4 victory against Canadian Denis Shapovalov during the Paris Masters. The 32-year-old Serb is set to be replaced as world number one by Rafael Nadal despite earning his 34th Masters title, which is also his fifth in Paris and fifth overall ATP win of the year so far. He has maintained his record of not losing a set as he finished off the match in an hour and five minutes. It was the Serb’s fourth victory against 20-year-old Shapovalov, who is currently world number 28.
In his 50th Masters final, Djokovic pushed forward into a 3-0 lead against Shapovalov and claimed the set within 29 minutes. Djokovic, who had lost in the Paris final last year when playing Karen Khachanov, broke in the seventh game of the second set.
Shapovalov had won his first ATP title thanks to an indoor victory at the Stockholm Open last month, and had his only break point in the final of the next game. Be he was guilty of three subsequent backhand errors as Djokovic held his ground and quickly took the title, putting him level with John McEnroe for fifth place on the all time list of ATP victors. Shapovalov is now expected to climb to a career high at 15th in the world rankings. Nadal is set to become world number one for the first time in a year.
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