David Ferrer ended the surprising run of Jerzy Janowicz with a straight-set victory in Sunday's final of the Paris Masters.
Ferrer earned his first-ever Masters 1000 title with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph against the hard-serving qualifier from Poland. The Spaniard had been 0-3 in Masters finals entering Sunday.
"It was a dream for me to win here in Paris," said Ferrer. "I had never won a Masters 1000 (title), and I took my chance."
Janowicz had never been past an ATP World Tour level quarterfinal before this week, and his route to the final included stunning wins over U.S. Open champ Andy Murray in the third round and world No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic in the quarters.
Ranked 69th in the world, Janowicz had fired a tournament-high 63 aces heading into Sunday and was trying to become the first Pole to win an ATP title since Wojtek Fibak in Chicago in December 1982.
"I've got a lot of confidence right now," said Janowicz. "I learned if you have a big heart and you want to do something amazing and you're going to fight for this, you have a big chance to make it."
Ferrer got just two break-point chances against the 6-foot-8 Janowicz's serve in the first set and he converted the last to win it. The two traded breaks early in the second set, before Ferrer gained a second decisive break to wrap up the match in just under 90 minutes.
Janowicz's serve deserted him in the second set, as he converted just 50 percent of his first serves and committed four double-faults. Ferrer won 40 of the 68 points played in the second set.
"This was his fifth match; this was my eighth match," Janowicz stated. "I was really tired. I was actually exhausted almost. I'm only human, and I'm still happy about this final. David played really good tennis. It was good enough to beat me today."
Armed with his Tour-leading 72nd match win and seventh title, Ferrer will now head to London for the start of the ATP World Tour Finals. He will next play Tuesday in Group B against Juan Martin del Potro.
Ferrer has won 10 straight matches following a first-round loss at the China Open, as he captured the Valencia Open last week. He had been tied with Roger Federer for the most titles in 2012 with six, and Sunday's victory improved his finals record this year to 7-1.
"I played very good these two weeks," Ferrer added. "It is very important because it was the best season of my career, and I will try to improve my game."
The 30-year-old veteran is 18-15 lifetime in title matches and he became the first Spaniard to win the Paris Masters. Rafael Nadal was the last of three Spanish runners-up, losing to David Nalbandian in 2007.
In addition, Ferrer became the first Masters Series tournament winner not named Federer, Nadal, Murray or Novak Djokovic since Robin Soderling won this event in 2010.
The victory was also worth a first prize of $620,000.