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Djokovic claims Paris Masters

Published:Monday | November 16, 2009 | 9:25 AM

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic shrugged off a brave challenge from crowd favourite, Gael Monfils to claim the Paris Masters title with a 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 win yesterday.

World number three Djokovic, who had outclassed Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals and had dropped only 1 set en route to the final, had to dig deep to win his second title in as many weeks.

Outclassed at first, Monfils, seeded 15th, thrilled a partisan 14,000 crowd packing the Bercy hall by fighting back to win the second set and recovering from 4-1 down, to level the decisive set before losing it 7-3 in a tiebreak.

The 22-year-old Serb has won 76 matches this year, more than any other player, although disappointing results at major events stopped him from getting anywhere near the number 1 spot.