BNP Paribas Masters Semifinals
Paris Masters Men's Singles Final Sunday Nov 2
1-Novak Djokovic beat 7-Milos Raonic 6-2 6-3
Paris Masters Men's Doubles Final Sunday Nov 2
M.Bryan/B.Bryan beat M.Matkowski/J.Melzer 7-6(5) 5-6 10-6
Djokovic Dominates Raonic in Paris Masters Final; Claims 600th Career Victory
atpworldtour.com: November 2 2014 Paris, France – As the finishing touches were put on the 2014 ATP World Tour regular season at the BNP Paribas Masters, it was apropos that its World No. 1 would write the final chapter in thrilling fashion.
On Sunday at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Novak Djokovic became the latest player —and 23rd overall— to claim 600 match victories, powering to his 20th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Milos Raonic. The new father capped an impressive season for the 600 Wins Club, becoming the third player to join the exclusive group in 2014, alongside Lleyton Hewitt and David Ferrer.
At just 27 years old, six years younger than Hewitt and five behind Ferrer, achieving the milestone is a testament to Djokovic’s consistent run of dominance since crashing onto the scene in the late 2000s. A fearless competitor, the Serb’s ascent to the summit of the ATP World Tour has not been without its share of struggles, but it has been the Belgrade native’s strength in the face of adversity and warrior mentality that has made him one of the elite players in the modern era.
Djokovic competes with a flair for the dramatic that is embedded in the fabric of his identity. A 46-time titlist on the ATP World Tour, good for third-most among active players (Federer, Nadal), he boasts a defensive-oriented game that has dominated in an era of titanic servers and baseline bombers. The Serb is an elastic wall at the back of the court that defies the laws of physics, relying on a seemingly impervious transition game to win matches.
One of the more relentless returners in history, Djokovic owns a 45 per cent career break point conversion rate, tied for second-most all-time. Like an orchestra conductor leading a symphony, very few can match Djokovic’s wit and brute force from the baseline, often dictating rallies with one of the most lethal backhands in the game.
Upon beating Djokovic at the Australian Open earlier this year, Stan Wawrinka said, "He's so tough to beat. He's an amazing champion. He always fights. He always finds a solution."
Djokovic has found a second home atop the Emirates ATP Rankings since first ascending to World No. 1 on 4 July, 2011. Boasting a 145-25 record while in the top spot, his 118 weeks there are the seventh-most in history. A two-time year-end No. 1 (2011-12), he is a three-time winner at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (2008, ‘12-13) as well.
The Boris Becker and Marian Vajda pupil is also closing in on 60 match wins in a season for the eighth consecutive year. A seven-time Grand Slam titlist, having hoisted four trophies at the Australian Open, he led Serbia to the Davis Cup crown in 2010.
Paris Masters Men's Singles Semifinals Saturday Nov 1
1-Novak Djokovic beat 6-Kei Nishikori 6-2 6-3
7-Milos Raonic beat 5-Tomas Berdych 6-3 3-6 7-5
Paris Masters Semifinals
Djokovic Exacts Revenge on Nishikori, Sets Final Showdown with Raonic
atpworldtour.com: November 1 2014 Paris, France - Revenge was sweet for Novak Djokovic on Saturday at the BNP Paribas Masters, as the World No. 1 powered into the final at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy behind a 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Kei Nishikori.
Less than two months after succumbing to the Japanese in the US Open semi-finals, Djokovic needed 62 minutes to subdue Nishikori on Saturday. The Serb will face Milos Raonic in the Paris final and a victory would see him become the third player to join the 600 Win Club in 2014, joining Lleyton Hewitt and David Ferrer. Djokovic is also bidding to claim his 20th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown and third in the French capital (2009, '13).
It did not take long for the World No. 1 to snatch the initial break of serve, firing a cross-court forehand winner for a 3-1 lead in the first set. A break to love in the eighth game would see him grab the opener after just 29 minutes. Three straight breaks were exchanged midway through the second set, but Djokovic would not be denied, hitting 20 winners and claiming 38 points under five shots to surge into the final.
In an earlier semifinal match, one day after recording one of the biggest wins of his career over Roger Federer to earn his place at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, Milos Raonic backed up with another strong performance to reach his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final.
The 23-year-old Raonic edged Tomas Berdych 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 on Saturday in the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Masters to set a final clash against defending champion Novak Djokovic.
Raonic reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final last year on home soil, finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal in the championship match at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal. This year, he has reached the quarter-finals or better at seven of the nine Masters 1000 tournaments.