Record-chasing Djokovic sets up Murray showdown

Sat Nov 7, 2015 2:40pm EST
 
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - World number one Novak Djokovic survived a second-set blip to reach the Paris Masters final with a 6-3 3-6 6-0 win over Stan Wawrinka on Saturday -- his 21st victory in a row.

The Serb, looking to become the first man to win six Masters title in a season, briefly lost focus as Swiss Wawrinka, who beat Djokovic in the French Open final, ended his 29-set winning streak to claim the second set.

But the fourth seed, who knocked out Rafa Nadal in a late thriller the night before, was made to pay as he lost the last six games to a relentless Djokovic who can claim an unprecedented third consecutive Bercy crown when he plays Andy Murray in Sunday's final.

Briton Murray beat Spain's David Ferrer 6-4 6-3.

Djokovic was in a class of his own in the first set as Wawrinka made too many made too many unforced errors.

But the Swiss loosened up in the second set as Djokovic failed to contain his frustration.

It was only a minor disruption though for the 10-times grand slam champion who allowed Davis Cup winner Wawrinka a mere nine points in the decider.

"I still felt like I was hitting the ball well (in the second set)," Djokovic told a news conference.   Continued...

 
World number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after defeating Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in their men's singles semi-final tennis match at the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Bercy sports hall in Paris, France, November 7, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau