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Perennial world number five David Ferrer of Spain finally won his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title on Sunday at the Paris Masters tournament on Sunday after beating Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 6-3.
Ferrer, 30, became the first player out of the world’s top four to win a Masters 1000 trophy since Robin Soderling did this in 2010 at the same stage. Ferrer has been a runner up at Masters events four times.
The Spaniard goes to the ATP World Tour Finals with two consecutive titles – the ATP 500 in Valencia and in Paris Masters and has compiled a 72-14 match record. His 72 wins this season is the ATP Tour best for the season, not to mention his seven-title haul in 2012.
“It was a dream for me to win here in Paris-Bercy,” said Ferrer.
“I had never won a Masters 1000 [title], and I took my chance, because it was not Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic. I played very good these [past] two weeks. It is very important because it was the best season of my career, and I will try to improve my game,” he added.
Ferrer gets €479,000 plus 1,000 ranking points while Janowicz, who created a buzz in the tournament by ousting world number three Andy Murray, received 600 ranking points plus a cool €234,865 prize money.