Novak Djokovic secures place in Paris Masters final against Andy Murray

Published: Saturday 7th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Novak Djokovic will meet Andy Murray in the BNP Paribas Paris Masters final on Sunday after the Serb exacted a measure of revenge on Stanislas Wawrinka in the French capital.

Wawrinka was the only man to defeat the world number one in a grand-slam event this year, in the French Open final at Roland Garros five months ago.

However, he was unable to clinch another Parisian success on Saturday night as Djokovic claimed a 6-3 3-6 6-0 win to advance to his 14th successive final and to the verge of his 10th title of the season.

The Swiss had sipped coffee during a gruelling quarter-final clash with Rafael Nadal that finished in the early hours of Saturday morning and he appeared fatigued against Djokovic early on.

The Serb broke early to claim a 3-1 lead and did not face a single break point in cruising to a first-set success.

The second set appeared to be following a similar script when Djokovic claimed another early advantage but, when the Serb was serving to go 3-1 up, a jaded Wawrinka drank from a bottle of water near the advertising hoardings and rallied with back-to-back breaks, the first coming at the fifth attempt to go 4-2 up.

He then fought back from 15-40 down on his own serve to win a fifth successive game before serving to love to level it up at one set apiece.

Djokovic returned in emphatic fashion in the last-set decider, though, as Wawrinka ran out of steam, lashing a forehand way beyond the baseline to confirm the world number one’s victory.

He will face Murray in Sunday’s final after the Briton defeated David Ferrer in straight sets earlier in the day.

It will be the seventh meeting between the two in 2015, with the Briton’s sole success during that time coming in the Rogers Cup final in Toronto in August.

Published: Saturday 7th November 2015 by The News Editor

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