By Niall Clarke
- Novak Djokovic defeats Andy Murray 6-2, 6-4 to claim his third straight BNP Paribas Masters title
- The world number one is undefeated since the Cincinnati final.
- Djokovic has also not lost indoors since Bercy 2012.
Paris, France- Novak Djokovic put in yet another dominant display to defeat Andy Murray and claim his third straight BNP Paribas Masters title.
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The world number one extended his winning streak to 22 matches with a 6-2, 6-4 over the Brit in one hour and 33 minutes, and in the process claimed his tenth title of the season. Six of them have been in Masters Events, setting a new record for the amount of Masters Series titles in a calendar year.
The Serb also further established his dominance on indoor surfaces, where he has not lost a match since Bercy 2012 against Sam Querrey.
“Congratulations to Novak for another fantastic week. He fully deserves the number one spot. Hopefully I can get a bit closer next year.” Murray said post-match. (Source: BBC SPORT)
Undoubtedly the best player in the world, Djokovic stamped his authority in the opening set with an early break to love. When a second break of serve was sealed at 4-2 it looked like we were in for a repeat of the Shanghai Masters semi-final in which the Serb pulled dominated for a 6-1, 6-3 victory.
After taking the first 6-2, the world number one right back to work on pressuring the Murray serve, breaking for a third time in the third game of the set. However a momentary lapse allowed the Brit to break back to love.
That was not to deter the top seed and he went right back to picking apart the world number two and another break of serve at 3-3 was enough for Djokovic to see out the match and claim his third straight Paris Masters title.
The world number one had not been in top form this week, nor did he need to be. Djokovic was tested by Tomas Berdych in the quarter finals but ultimately came through in two tiebreak sets. Stan Wawrinka ended the Serb’s 29 set winning streak in the semi-finals but Djokovic asserted his dominance to win 6-3, 3-6, 6-0.
Once again however, Murray could hardly test the dominant player in the world. The head to head now reads 21-9 in favour of Djokovic which begs the question, how much can he achieve? With ten Grand slams, 26 masters titles and no challenger in sight, are we looking at the man who will go down as the greatest player of all time?
One thing is for sure, Djokovic will go into London as a red hot favourite to take home the ATP Wold Tour Finals crown for a fourth straight year.
The ATP World Tour finals will be contested from the 15th-22nd November
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