'The victory in Paris gave Novak Djokovic that...', says former ATP ace

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'The victory in Paris gave Novak Djokovic that...', says former ATP ace

The seventh edition of the Shanghai Masters in 2015 saw the familiar semi-final lineup, with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray reaching the final four. Defending champion Roger Federer was unable to join them after suffering a second-round loss to Albert Ramos-Viñolas.

That season was the most successful of Novak's career, winning 11 crowns, including three Majors and no fewer than six Masters 1000 titles, and ending the year with 82 wins and six losses. Novak lost the Montreal and Cincinnati finals to Murray and Federer, but made it all the way at the US Open and in Beijing, where he dismantled Rafael Nadal.

A week later, Novak had the upper hand in Shanghai, lifting his third crown to become the most successful player at this event, leaving Andy Murray with two titles. Novak defeated Andy 6-1, 6-3 in just 68 minutes to reach the final, where he faced Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The Serbian scored a 6-2, 6-4 victory over the Frenchman in one hour and 18 minutes for his 25th Masters 1000 crown, leaving Roger Federer with 24 and just two behind Rafael Nadal. It was the twentieth meeting between Novak and Jo-Wilfried and the fourteenth victory for the Serb, who served 71% and lost only seven points on serve.

Tsonga added a break, but was in all sorts of trouble every time he missed the first serve, facing 13 break opportunities and suffering four to fall behind the entire time.

Bertolucci and Barazzutti on Djokovic

Former Italian tennis professionals Paolo Bertolucci and Corrado Barazzutti believe Novak Djokovic is the firm favorite for the upcoming ATP Finals in Turin.

"Djokovic, as always in recent years, is the man to beat on faster courts and he will be in Turin," Paolo Bertolucci said to Adnkronos. "However, the fact that he plays two sets out of three makes him less favored than the three out of five.

The games become faster and therefore more unpredictable." Former World No. 7 Corrado Barazzutti also gave his thoughts on Djokovic's prospects at the ATP Finals. The 68-year-old, however, feels Djokovic's triumph over Medvedev at the Paris Masters would have helped him regain the confidence he might have lost after the US Open final.

“Djokovic is presented in Turin as the big favorite, after the success at Bercy," Barazzutti said. "He would have been anyway, but the victory in Paris gave him that total confidence, perhaps a little undermined by the defeat at the US Open."