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Djokovic beats defending champ Ferrer to win Paris Masters

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The Canadian Press
11/3/2013 4:24:22 PM
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PARIS -- Novak Djokovic won the last four games in each set to beat defending champion David Ferrer 7-5, 7-5 Sunday in the final of the Paris Masters.

The second-seeded Serb won his 17th straight match to capture his sixth title this season.

Ferrer led 5-3 in each set, but Djokovic came back both times and clinched the victory when the Spaniard sent a forehand into the net.

Djokovic, who still has a slim chance to finish the season ahead of No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the rankings, hit 34 winners to 15 for Ferrer and won 15 of 18 net points.

Ferrer troubled Djokovic early in the match with his deep groundstrokes, and hit a backhand drop shot to break for a 3-2 lead.

But Djokovic started playing more aggressively, and broke back in the 10th game with a forehand winner down the line.

The Serb went a set up when Ferrer's forehand sailed long.

However, Djokovic dropped serve in the opening game of the second set and then needed to hit two straight forehand winners to save two break points at 2-0.

Despite numerous backhand errors, Djokovic kept the pressure on Ferrer, who again failed to serve out the set at 5-4.

Djokovic capitalized on a long forehand from the Spaniard to break back before hitting an ace for a 6-5 lead.

Djokovic improved to 11-5 against Ferrer, who was looking to become the first player to win back-to-back Paris Masters titles.

Novak Djokovic (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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