Since the Masters 1000 series began, there have been 72 indoor tournaments. Between 1990 and 2008, players battled for two indoor Masters 1000 titles, with the Paris Masters remaining the ultimate dinosaur in 2009. Pete Sampras, Boris Becker and Roger Federer were the players to beat in terms of number of wins, achieving between 47 and 41 to top the charts.
Novak Djokovic had six wins in Madrid between 2006 and 2008 and claimed his first indoor Masters 1000 crown in Paris in 2009. The Serb has been a player to beat in the French capital since 2013, lifting six trophies in eight finals and beating the mentioned legends. .
Novak played his eighth Paris Masters final last Sunday and lost to 19-year-old Holger Rune. Djokovic did not win his seventh crown in the French capital, but he managed an impressive record. Novak became the first player with 50 indoor Masters 1000 wins, with 51 and leaving Pete Sampras with 47.
Novak Djokovic has 51 Masters 1000 indoor wins.
Djokovic is 45-9 in Paris, with four wins last week. Novak opened the action against Maxime Cressy and prevailed 7-6, 6-4 in one hour and 43 minutes. Djokovic had to stay focused against a dangerous serve and volley player and keep everything under control in his games.
Novak dropped six points behind the opening shot and kept the pressure on the other side. The American did his best to stay competitive, hitting 15 aces and ten double faults and rushing to the net almost 50 times. Cressy saved four of five break points and led 4-3 in the second set before Djokovic delivered the only break of his and rattled off three games in a row to emerge on top.
The Serb defeated Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-1 in the third round to advance to the quarterfinals. He edged out Lorenzo Musetti 6-0, 6-3 in 74 minutes for a place in the semi-final, becoming the first player with 50 Masters 1000 indoor wins.
The 51st came against Stefanos Tsitsipas after a massive battle. Djokovic prevailed 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 to set up the title clash against youngster Holger Rune. Seeking his seventh Paris Masters crown, Novak experienced a tough 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 loss in two hours and 33 minutes.
The Serb won the first set and had three break chances at the start of the second set. The Dane saved them and took an early break that forced a decider. Novak led 3-1, 40-30 before Holger extended game five and dropped back to add to the drama.
A teenager grabbed a break at 5-5 and served for the win at the next. Djokovic squandered six break points in game 12 to propel his rival to his first Masters 1000 crown at 19.