Novak Djokovic arrives at the Nitto ATP Finals a breath away from Rafael Nadal in a two-man battle for the top spot of the world rankings. The Serbian won his 34th ATP Masters 1000 title on Sunday, beating #NextGenATP Denis Shapovalov with 6-3, 6-4 at the Rolex Paris Masters.
Djokovic’s service was unbreakable and took advantage of Shapovalov’s nervous start, winning his fifth Paris Masters 1000 title and remaining undefeated against the 20-year-old Canadian (4-0 head2head score).
Djokovic added 1,000 points to the ATP Race To London and with 8,945 points is just 640 points behind Rafael Nadal (9,585), who will become No. 1 on Monday for the first time in a year. Nadal quit his semifinal against Shapovalov, but said he plans to do everything he can to get ready for the Nitto ATP finals, which will take place from between 10-17 November at the O2 Arena in London.
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