WORLD No1 Novak Djokovic eased past Canada’s Milos Raonic to claim his third consecutive Paris Masters crown and secure the sixth title of another prolific year.
Serbia’s Djokovic brushed aside Raonic 6-2, 6-3 in one hour and 23 minutes to record his 600th career win, a feat only achieved by four other active players – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Lleyton Hewitt and David Ferrer.
The 27-year-old also strengthened his position in the race to end the season at the summit of the world rankings,, with a lead of 1310 points over Federer making Djokovic the hot favourite to land the accolade for a third time. He will end the year as world No1 should he secure three match wins at next week’s ATP World Tour Finals at London’s O2 Arena and enters the tournament with 27 consecutive indoor victories to his name.
The line up for the season finale is confirmed with Djokovic to be joined by Federer, Britain’s Andy Murray, Stanislas Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, Kei Nishikori, Marin Clic and Raonic.
And after winning his first tournament since becoming a father, Djokoic sent out an ominous message for his rivals by insisting he will arrive in London in prime form after saving his best until last in Paris. “I played the best match of the week,” said Djokovic. “I’m very happy to stand here with the trophy.”