Photo: David Ferrer Becomes First Spaniard to Win Paris Masters
Spain’s David Ferrer defeated Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday in Bercy to win the Paris Masters, the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title of his career.
The 30-year-old Ferrer, who has reached four Grand Slam semifinals, now has 18 career singles titles.
Janowicz, a six-foot-eight qualifier who was the story of the tournament, was unable to keep the magic going against the world No. 5.
Ferrer is the first Spaniard to win the Paris Masters. Andres Gimeno came up short in 1972, Sergio Casal fell short of the title in 1986 and Rafael Nadal was unable to win here in 2007.
Ferrer, who was the runner-up at the 2007 year-end championships and had reached three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals during his career before his breakthrough on Sunday, has consistently been ranked in the top 10 but had never won one of tennis’ biggest tournaments.
World No. 1 Roger Federer withdrew from the tournament, citing various minor injuries, while Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray - the second- and third-ranked players, respectively - were upset in the early rounds.
Ferrer’s countryman, Rafael Nadal, now ranked No. 4, has been off the tour for months due to a knee injury.
The Paris Masters is one of nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, which are the biggest tournaments on the men’s tennis calendar after the four Grand Slams and the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.