SOIREE
du Tuesday 29 Octobre 2019 at 19h00 au Tuesday 29 Octobre 2019 at 20h30
ROLEX PARIS MASTERS From October 31th to November 8th, 2020
Log in

Mandatory fields *

Not yet registered ?

Subscribe

 

Novak Djokovic will play his 6th final at the Rolex Paris Masters. He's facing Denis Shapovalov. 

Here we are again: Novak Djokovic in the Rolex Paris Masters final, the world No.1 trying to end his year in a blaze of glory on the indoor courts of Paris. He has done it so many times before (four, to be precise) and it is in this situation and in these surroundings is that he feels most at home.
 
“I'm looking forward to the final,” he said after another champion’s performance to beat Grigor Dimitrov 7-6, 6-4 in the semi-final. “I worked hard to get to this position in other finals. I really like playing in this court and in these conditions. Hopefully I will be able to get the best out of myself tomorrow. I'm motivated. I want to do well tomorrow. I hope to find my best tennis.”

 


 
He certainly had to find his best just to get to the final. Over the course of the week he has found a way to win ugly when he was feeling and playing below par, he has shown the packed house in the AccorHotels Arena exactly why is regarded as one the best players in history by crushing Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals and he has had to use every ounce of his strength and experience to beat Dimitrov.
 
“It was a very even match,” the No.1 said of his semi-final. “In the first set, especially, I think we both held our service games quite comfortably. Maybe I had a couple of chances and he also had 15-30s. He was probably the better player in the tiebreak.

“Obviously for me, we both really understood the importance of clinching the first set so we could feel a bit more relaxed in the second and start swinging through. The beginning of the second I was focused. I did well and managed to break his serve and hold my serve really well towards the end.”
 
Standing between him and the trophy is Denis Shapovalov. The young Canadian was presented with his ticket to the final when Rafa Nadal was forced to pull out just moments before Saturday’s semi-final. He had pulled an abdominal muscle in morning practice and rather than risk a small strain turning into a major tear, he took the doctors’ advice and withdrew from the tournament.
 
Of course, Djokovic was unaware of all of this while he was on court on Saturday. All he knew was that he needed to find a left-handed player to practice with before the final.


“I'm looking forward to warm up with a left-handed sparring partner,” he said jovially. Presumably he had forgotten that he has a rather famous lefty sitting in his box at every match – one Goran Ivanisevic. He may have remembered that by now.
 
Djokovic and Shapovalov have played three times before in the past year and, so far, Shapo has only won one set. But Djokovic is taking nothing for granted. The 20-year-old started the week as the world No.28 but he should be up to No.15 when the new rankings are published on Monday – he has had a spectacular week.

“Denis, you know, I think he reduced his unforced errors,” Djokovic said. “And his game has always been there, and especially this year he's improved even more. He has played some impressive tennis, yesterday especially against Monfils.”
 
Djokovic, too, has been impressive and if he wins today, he will move to within 640 points of Nadal in the race for the end-of-year No.1 ranking with the ATP Finals in London still to come.

Groupe 1

Groupe 2