Novak Djokovic won his sixth Paris Masters championship and a record 37th Masters 1000 trophy after defeating Daniil Medvedev 4-6 6-3 6-3 in the final on Sunday. By defeating Hubert Hurkacz in Saturday’s semi-final, the 34-year-old earned the year-end number one spot for a record eighth time, and followed that up by going all the way in the French capital.
In a replay of the US Open final from September, Medvedev got the early lead by breaking Djokovic in the opening game of the match, but the world number one quickly responded with a drop shot to break back.
Djokovic raised his game to force more errors from his opponent, but Medvedev took the following break in the first set’s seventh game. The Russian consolidated and held serve for the 6-4 victory in the first set.
With Medvedev increasingly unable to hit through Djokovic, who broke in the sixth game of the second set, the world number one raised his game even higher.
As Djokovic tried to serve it out, Medvedev had break points, but the Serbian did enough to force a decider.
Both players were playing at an incredible level by this point, but it was Djokovic who broke through in the third set, using the slice to grab a 3-2 lead.
Djokovic took the double break at 5-2 after Medvedev made a string of unforced errors. The world number one, though, failed to serve it out on the first attempt, as Medvedev reclaimed one of the breaks.
However, Djokovic broke again in the next game to cross the finish line and pass Rafael Nadal for the most Masters 1000 championships ever won.