Djokovic seals world No.1 for record seventh year

Novak Djokovic: ATP year-end No.1 for 7th time

Novak Djokovic: ATP year-end No.1 for 7th time

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Novak Djokovic clinched the year-end world number one spot for a record seventh time when he secured his place in the Paris Masters final on Saturday with a 3-6 6-0 7-6(5) victory against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.

The top seeded Serbian overcame a wobbly start at the Bercy arena against an opponent who booked the last ticket for the season-ending ATP Finals on Friday before racing through the second and handling his nerves in the third.

Gunning for a sixth title in Paris, Djokovic will face his US Open final conqueror Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s showdown.

Medvedev beat German Alexander Zverev in straight sets 6-2 6-2.

Djokovic, who needs to win the Paris final to avoid failing to claim a Masters title in a season for the first time since 2017, dropped serve in the eighth game and Hurkacz followed up on serve to seal the opening set.

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It spurred Djokovic into action and the world number one allowed his opponent only 11 points in the second set.

Hurkacz regained his composure in the decider, but Djokovic was a notch above and he broke for 3-1 with a forehand winner at the end of a long rally.

He followed with a service game to love but Hurkacz fought back to break back for 3-4 as he hammered a forehand winner down the line.

Djokovic wasted a match point at 5-4 and the tie went into a decider, which Hurkacz dominated until he buried a routine forehand into the net to put Djokovic 6-5 up with another match point.

The Pole sliced a backhand wide, allowing Djokovic to move within one victory of a record 37th Masters title.

Both he and Rafael Nadal are tied with 36 titles each.