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Prize guy: Novak Djokovic shows off Paris Masters title
Prize guy: Novak Djokovic shows off Paris Masters title

By Keith Hamer

Novak Djokovic defeated Denis Shapovalov to win the Rolex Paris Masters for the fifth time and boost his chances of finishing the season ranked World No.1.

Despite his 6-3 6-4 victory over the young Canadian, Djokovic has lost top spot in the rankings for the first time in a year to Rafael Nadal.

With only the ATP Finals in London to come, the Spaniard's 640-point lead in the annual standings is a healthy one but Djokovic is chasing hard.

After beginning the week under the weather, Djokovic has looked stronger with each match and he was just too good for 20-year-old Shapovalov.

Djokovic faced only one break point while winning 14 of the 17 points in which Shapovalov had to rely on his second serve.

Djokovic said: "It was a great tournament. I haven't dropped a set. I played well, especially in the last three matches.

"Obviously Denis - first time playing in a Masters 1000 final, completely new experience - he has done well. I think we both served very well. I was solid, when I needed to I made the break and that was enough.

"This gives me encouragement going into the ATP Finals."

Meanwhile, World No.1 Ashleigh Barty ended the 2019 season in style as she beat defending champion Elina Svitolina to win the WTA Finals in Shenzhen.

The 23-year-old Australian, who had lost all five meetings with Svitolina, won 6-4 6-3 for $4.42m (£3.4m) - the biggest prize money in tennis history.

Barty, the reigning French Open champion, ended Svitolina's 10-match winning run at the WTA Finals and stopped the 25-year-old becoming the first player to defend the title since Serena Williams, who won three in a row between 2012 and 2014.

The first set went with serve until the 10th game, when Barty met a Svitolina second serve with a forehand winner.

Svitolina gained an early break in the second when Barty double-faulted on break point, but the Australian responded by reeling off the next three games.

A double-fault at 30-30 gave Svitolina the chance to break back, which the Ukrainian did at the first chance, but Barty again responded superbly to go 5-3 up.

And the Australian impressively served the game out.

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