David Ferrer has halted the progress of giant killer Jerzy Janowicz and claimed his first Masters 1000 title, beating the Polish qualifier 6-4, 6-3. Ferrer has also become the first Spaniard to ever win the Paris title.
On his way to the final Jerzy took out Kohlschrieber, Cilic, Murray, Tipsarevic and Simon and put on an impressive display of power serving during the match but was not enough for the consistent Spaniard.
The comparatively diminutive David did well to hold his service games strongly against an onslaught of huge serves from the Pole. A recent switch to Babolat and a new fitness coach are credited to the dramatic change in Jerzy’s game.
David faced the first break point of the match after a forehand error at 4-4 but managed to battle his way out of trouble. Ferrer soaked up the pressure, produced some incredible returns and took a chance with Hawk Eye to eventually take the first set 6-4.
Looking somewhat deflated when he began serving in the second set, it took Jerzy a few minutes to shake himself back to life. As it had in the first set Hawk Eye again proved vital, allowing Janowicz to break for a 2-1 lead.
While Jerzy beat balls around the court, then taking a leaf out of Murray’s book by regularly throwing in drop shots, Ferrer did what he does best – he ran everything down. Ferrer righted the scoreline for 2 all but quickly found himself down multiple break points as he came under attack again and again.
Leading 3-2 Ferrer sensed his chance and worked his way to triple break point. Again Janowicz showed great touch at the net before handing over the break with a double fault.
With Janowicz’s body language slowly starting to deteriorate David went for the kill, collapsing to the ground as he claimed the biggest title of his career.
It was an incredible week for both finalists. Ferrer will now travel to London for the World Tour Finals before playing the Davis Cup finals for Spain. Jerzy, for his part, will skyrocket up the rankings to number 26 after starting the year ranked 221.