Djokovic reaches exclusive landmark

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Published: Sunday 2nd November 2014 by The News Editor

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Novak Djokovic became just the 23rd player in the open era to claim 600 tour-level victories as he brushed Milos Raonic aside to lift the BNP Paribas Masters title.

Djokovic needed just 83 minutes to see off Canadian seventh seed Raonic 6-2 6-3 and secure the 20th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown of his career.

In the process, he became the fifth active player to pass the 600-mark with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Lleyton Hewitt and David Ferrer the others.

But perhaps more significantly, the 27-year-old Serb stretched his lead over Federer to 1,310 points in the race to end the year as world number one.

Djokovic, who is now unbeaten in 27 indoor matches, broke early on, but had to survive a scare in the seventh game, in which he trailed 0-40.

However, from 4-2 up, he won five successive games to secure the first set and establish a 3-0 lead in the second, and although Raonic, who knocked out Federer in the quarter-finals, responded, he could not find a way back into the final.

Published: Sunday 2nd November 2014 by The News Editor

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