Djokovic got off to a quick start by breaking serve at the outset and from then he was never really headed. Raonic tried in vain to stay in touch and had break points in the seventh game but when the Serb held on to keep the advantage, the wind seemed to leave the Canadian’s sails.
“I played the best match of the entire week today when it was most needed. I got a lot of returns back and just overall I’m extremely happy with the performance.” - said Djokovic who became a father to son Stefan for the first time twelve days before.
The win was his 20th at the Masters 1000 level which leaves him in third place behind Nadal and Federer. He also stays in third place among active players for the most career titles, again behind the same two – this was his 47th career title. However, Paris-Bercy being his sixth title of 2014 put him out in front for the most titles so far this year.
For Djokovic, who is the first player in the history of this event to win it in back-to-back years, the win has very important implications for the year-end world No.1 ranking. Over the last few weeks he has been involved in quite a battle with Federer who was only 490 points behind. Djokovic has now stretched his lead to 1310 points and he can thank Raonic for that; the Canadian had upset Federer in the quarters.
“I see it (No.1) better now than one week ago, that’s for sure. It helps that I won the title in Paris-Bercy, that I’m playing well, and that I’m feeling good about myself on the court playing indoors. That encourages me, as I said before, prior to the last event of the year.”
Djokovic is now unbeaten in his last 27 matches indoors but those 600 match wins have taken a decade to achieve – the first win he had, in 2004, was as a 16 year old in Davis Cup against Latvia when he defeated Janis Skroderis.
While no doubt disappointed with the end result, Raonic can still take solace from the fact that his world ranking will be at five which is a new career high for him. He was hoping to be the first player born in the 1990’s to secure an ATP Masters 1000 victory as he contested his second career Masters 1000 final.
“I thought (Djokovic) played some great tennis; he neutralized my serve well,” said Raonic. “Even when I was able to open him on the backhand side, he was moving really well. He was always getting two hands on it. He was always playing deep. He didn’t really give me too many looks. Even on the break chances I had, he played them well. He just made life difficult for me today.”
The doubles title went to the evergreen Bryan brothers Bob and Mike, it was their 102nd title and they defeated Marcin Matkowski and Jurgen Melzer 7-6, 5-7, 10-6. They are the first players, singles or doubles to win six ATP Masters 1000’s in a single season. This is their fourth title at Paris-Bercy and their 32nd at the Masters 1000 level.
“We’re very happy to win Paris again, especially since we had to beat four quality teams along the way,” said Mike Bryan. “We hope to keep our level high going into the last tournament of the season.”