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.