Novak Djokovic (Player Profile) captured his second BNP Paribas Masters title after 2009 by overcoming defending champion David Ferrer (Player Profile) in two practically identical sets in today’s final. The players served confidently in the very beginning of the first set until the third-seeded Spaniard produced a couple of break points in the fifth game and converted the second one by closing out a long rally with a delightful drop shot. While the second seed Serb had his chances to peg back in the following minutes, Ferrer maintained the pressure and was still in the lead at 5-3. However, he could not weather the storm that followed as Novak first held to love and raced past his powerless opponent in the remaining three games, grabbing two breaks in the process. He won sixteen out of eighteen points in the last four games of the opening set.
The third-ranked Spanish player recovered fast and ended Novak’s run with a first game break in the set number two. He nearly doubled his lead, yet Djokovic avoided falling two breaks behind by bouncing back from 15-40 and holding a vital service game. Once again he raised the level of his game when it mattered the most by reducing the number of errors to minimum and preventing Ferrer serving the set out at 5-4. Another wasted opportunity was more than the Spaniard could handle and Nole soon earned himself a couple of championship points – the first chance to wrap up the match went begging, but he got lucky with the second one as Ferrer sent his final forehand shot of the tournament into the net.
The 26-year-old Belgrade native thus recorded a 7-5, 7-5 victory after spending one hour and fifty-two minutes on Court Central and made history by lifting his 40th ATP trophy. He also improved head-to-head record against his Paris Masters final opponent to 11-5 and is currently on a five-game winning streak against the Spanish number two.
“I am definitely playing the best tennis this year now,” Djokovic said after the match. “I’m playing on a very high level and have lots of confidence in myself, in my game.”
“I think it was a really good match, really good rallies,” Ferrer commented. “I play maybe better than yesterday, and I lost. I am happy with my game, because the last few tournaments I [played well] and I am happy with myself. Now I want to relax and be with my team, and tomorrow I travel to London for the last tournament of the season.”