Little master David Ferrer ends Jerzy Janowicz's tall story


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The Independent Online

Jerzy Janowicz's remarkable run in Paris ended in today's final when Spain's David Ferrer claimed the first Masters Series title of his career. The 6ft 8in Janowicz, whose five top 20 victims en route to the final included Andy Murray, was beaten 6-4, 6-3 as the Spaniard – by a full 11 inches the shorter man on court yesterday – won his seventh title of the season.

Janowicz, a 21-year-old Pole, began the year outside the world's top 200 but will climb more than 40 places in today's updated list to break into the top 30 for the first time. He was the first qualifier to reach the Paris final in eight years but he may well now find himself seeded for the Australian Open in January.

Ferrer, the world No 5, who plays his first match at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London tomorrow, fell to the floor in joy after ending a run of three successive defeats in Masters Series finals. "I was very nervous because it was my chance to win a first Masters title, but somehow I knew this time was my turn," he said.