Four stats that illustrate how Novak Djokovic has dominated the Paris Masters
The world No 1 Novak Djokovic has been the man to beat indoors more often than not in the French capital. Here’s why:
Novak Djokovic returns to competition in Bercy this week, a venue where he has dominated over the years, winning the title five times, the most recent of which came in 2019.
Here are four statistics that show how the world No 1 has had so much success indoors in the French capital.
1. Novak Djokovic’s overall win-loss record: 37-9
Djokovic first played at Bercy in 2005, beating the French Open runner-up Mariano Puerta on his way to the last 16, where he lost to Tommy Robredo. His first title came in 2009, when he beat Gael Monfils in a deciding tiebreak. He won the title three times in a row between 2013 and 2015 and his most recent win came in 2019, when he beat Denis Shapovalov in the final to take the title without losing a set.
2. His win-loss record against top-10 players: 15-2
You don’t get to the top of the game without having a good record against your peers and Djokovic is no different. In his 17 matches against top 10 players indoors in Paris, he’s won 15 and lost just twice; in 2011, when he gave Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a walkover and in 2016, when he lost to Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals.
3. Novak Djokovic’s record in finals at Bercy: 5-1
If you’re going to beat Novak Djokovic in Paris, it’s best to play him early. Djokovic has made the final in Paris on six occasions and won five of them. His only defeat came in the 2018 final, when he was upset by Russia’s Karen Khachanov, having beaten Roger Federer in the semi-finals.
4. His consistency in the Paris Masters
Of Novak Djokovic’s nine defeats at the Rolex Paris Masters, only one of them came to a player ranked outside the top 50. That was in 2006, when he was just 19, and he lost to then world No 54 Paul-Henri Mathieu. No one else ranked 40 or above has ever got the better of him there, and in total, six of his nine losses have come to players ranked 23 or lower. That may be some relief for Marton Fucsovics, the 40th ranked Hungarian who takes on the Serb in the second round of this year’s tournament.