Djokovic powers past Raonic for Paris Masters crown

Paris, France ( – Novak Djokovic captured his third Paris
Masters title on Sunday with a straight-set victory over Milos Raonic in the

Djokovic rolled to a 6-2, 6-3 triumph for his second straight Paris Masters
crown and 20th Masters series title overall. He also won this tournament in

The top-seeded Serb also reached 600 career match victories on Sunday, joining
Lleyton Hewitt and David Ferrer as players to reach that milestone this year.
He also ran his indoor winning streak to 27 straight matches, last falling on
an indoor court two years ago at this event in the first round to Sam Querrey.

Djokovic grabbed an early lead with a break of serve and saved three break
points in the seventh game. Instead of what could have been 4-3, he took that
momentum and reeled off five straight games to open a 6-2, 3-0 advantage.

Raonic never recovered. He saved a pair of match points before Djokovic
finally ended the contest after 83 minutes.

“I played the best match of the entire week today when it was most needed,”
said Djokovic, playing for the first time since his wife gave birth to their
first child less than two weeks ago. “I got a lot of returns back and just
overall I’m extremely happy with the performance.”

Djokovic claimed his sixth title of 2014 and the 47th of his career. He
previously won this year at Indian Wells, Miami, Rome, Wimbledon and Beijing.
His only loss in a final was against Rafael Nadal at the French Open.

Raonic fell to 6-7 lifetime in finals, including 1-2 this year. He won the
U.S. Open tune-up in Washington before losing in Tokyo last month.

“I thought (Djokovic) played some great tennis,” said Raonic, who mustered
just nine aces. “He neutralized my serve well. Even when I was able to open
him on the backhand side, he was moving really well. He was always getting two
hands on it.”

The seventh-seeded Canadian has yet to beat Djokovic in four tries, including
three matches this year. Djokovic rallied for a three-set victory in the Rome
semifinals before a straight-set triumph in the French Open quarters.

Raonic, however, did enough this week to qualify for the season-ending ATP
World Tour Finals, which will begin next Sunday in London.

Djokovic will enter next week’s exclusive eight-man field at the top of the
world rankings. He is the two-time defending champion in London and will try
to finish as the year-end No. 1 for the third time, previously accomplishing
the feat in 2011-12.