Djokovic on top of the world after Paris win and fatherhood
Paris: World No 1 Novak Djokovic won his 600th ATP match yesterday as he defeated Canadian seventh seed Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-3 to win the Paris Masters for the second straight year.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after beating Canada's Milos Raonic in the final of the Paris Masters yesterday. Pic/AFP
The 27-year-old Serb also extended his advantage over Roger Federer in the race for the year-ending No 1 spot while Raonic could take consolation that his run to the final booked his place at the World Tour Finals in London.
Djokovic comfortably defended the crown he won last year, when he defeated David Ferrer, and where he recorded his maiden title in the French capital in 2009. The Belgrade native also extends his indoor winning streak to 27 matches with his last defeat back in Paris two years ago.
"This week has been incredible... I became a father just 10 days ago, so I dedicate this victory to my wife and son," said Djokovic, whose wife Jelena gave birth to baby boy Stefan on the eve of the Paris tournament.
"Congrats to Milos, I'm very happy for him that he qualified for London but today I played the best tennis I've played all week. It's not easy against a player with such a big serve but I played an exceptional match.
"It's my first tournament since becoming a dad and it's been a great pleasure to play here," added Djokovic.
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