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In-form Djokovic claims back-to-back titles

Novak Djokovic was delighted after ending his run of defeats in Masters event finals this year.
Novak Djokovic was delighted after ending his run of defeats in Masters event finals this year.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • World No. 3 Novak Djokovic beats home hero Gael Monfils to win the Paris Masters
  • Serbian wins 6-2 5-7 7-6 (7-3) to end a run of four final defeats in Masters events this year
  • He won his second title in a row after beating No. 1 Roger Federer in Swiss Indoors
  • Djokovic will next defend his title at season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London
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(CNN) -- World No. 3 Novak Djokovic held off a spirited challenge from home hero Gael Monfils to win the Paris Masters on Sunday and claim his second title in as many weeks.

The Serbian won 6-2 5-7 7-6 (7-3) in the French capital to end a run of four successive final defeats in Masters tournaments this year and set himself up to defend his title at the ATP Tour's season-ending event in London.

He defeated world No. 2 Rafael Nadal in Saturday's semifinals and upset top-ranked Roger Federer to win the Swiss Indoors tournament last weekend.

"Now I'm coming with a lot of confidence in London [to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals], and the only question is if I'm able to physically rest and get energy for that event," he told the tour's official Web site.

Djokovic has played 94 matches this year, the most of any player on the circuit, with a winning record of 76-18.

"I'm very pleased with my performances in the past four, five weeks. I think winning back-to-back titles probably for the first or maybe second time in my career gives me even more motivation to make the same success in the future," the 22-year-old said.

Djokovic broke Monfils in the fourth and eighth games to win the first set, and then raced to a 3-0 lead in the second.

But the 15th-seeded Frenchman hit back to level at 3-3 and then broke Djokovic's serve in the next game before taking the set.

Djokovic twice led by a service break in the decider but the home crowd spurred Monfils to force the tiebreak.

The only question is if I'm able to physically rest and get energy for London
--Novak Djokovic

However, he was unable to maintain his momentum and conceded the match after serving his sixth double-fault to end a see-saw clash that last almost two and three-quarter hours.

"I had to dig deep, because in the last four finals that I've played this year in [ATP World Tour Masters] 1000 events I lost, so it was kind of in my head," Djokovic said.

"I was thinking about it, and it wasn't a pleasant feeling, especially when I saw Gael getting into the rhythm more. Of course the big support of the crowd gave him even more motivation and more energy towards the end of the match.

"So I was kind of fighting him and fighting the big pressure of the crowd. I was trying to hold all my nerves. At the end of the match, I threw all my emotions out and was happy."

Monfils, who failed to qualify for the eight-man ATP World Tour Finals starting next Sunday, ended the season with a 42-19 record, winning one title in Metz.