Novak Djokovic explains why the Paris Masters have been ‘very satisfying’ despite issue


Novak Djokovic is feeling good ahead of his Paris Masters final against Denis Shapovalov.

Novak Djokovic takes on Denis Shapovalov in the Paris Masters final later today as he looks to boost his hopes of ending the year at the top of the rankings.

The Serbian has beat Kyle Edmund, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Gregor Dimitrov to take his place in the last game of the tournament, and is feeling satisfied with his performances despite his poor health.

“It is very satisfying honestly, because I haven’t really been feeling my best throughout the week,” he said.

“But I’ve been playing really well the past couple of matches.

“[I am] looking forward to the final tomorrow.”

When asked for his thoughts on his 20-year-old opponent, the 16-time Grand Slam champion admitted his respect, despite winning all three of their previous encounters.

“He has a big swing,” the 32-year-old said.

“He can play really with a lot of spin and also a lot of speed and power from the back of the court. I took away that time from him [last time in Rome].”

Shapovalov has also opened up on what he thinks of the upcoming test, and why he thinks he can pull off a shock.

He said: “I feel like every time I get a little more and more input on how he plays.

“I think when he played me in Shanghai, he played absolutely amazing.

“I don’t think I played bad at all, but he was coming up with amazing shots.

“Hopefully he’s missing a little bit more tomorrow, a little bit tighter.

“But hopefully I can also step up my game and play the way I’ve been playing all week.”


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