PARIS: Novak Djokovic of Serbia will play Milos Raonic of Canada in Sunday’s Paris Masters final after they emerged from starkly contrasting semifinals on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
Top seed and defending champion Djokovic routed a weary Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-2, 6-3 in just 62 minutes, while seventh seed Raonic edged Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 in a clash that had looked destined for a deciding tie-break.
The two finalists on Sunday have played each other three times previously with Djokovic winning all three, the last occasion being a straight sets win in the quarter-finals of the French Open in June.
Djokovic, a two-time former champion in Paris, gained sweet revenge over Nishikori for the stunning four-sets loss to the Japanese speedster in the US Open semi-finals in September.
But even he must have been surprised at just how easy it was as he enjoyed one-way traffic all the way apart from a brief spark of resistance from Nishikori halfway through the second set when he achieved his only break of serve.
But the first Asian man to reach a Grand Slam singles final at least had some genuine excuses to offer up having finished his 2 hour 43 minutes quarter-final tie against David Ferrer after midnight on Friday.