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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Davydenko Demolishes Hrbaty in Paris Masters

PARIS -- Nikolai Davydenko destroyed Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to take his first Masters Series title in expeditious manner Sunday.

Fourth-seeded Davydenko, the highest-ranked player in the Paris Masters field after a string of no-shows, needed just one hour, 38 minutes to tame a helpless Hrbaty.

Davydenko, who will move up two places to third in the ATP entry list Monday, has now won five tournaments this year, the same as Rafael Nadal and James Blake. Only world No. 1 Roger Federer, with 11, has claimed more.

"This is amazing," said Davydenko. "Winning a Masters Series for the first time is important and being No. 3 in the world behind players such as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal is quite an achievement."

Davydenko, 25, dropped just one set in the tournament. On the form he has displayed here all week, he has to be regarded as one of the favorites for the year-end Masters Cup featuring the world's top eight players, which starts Nov. 12 in Shanghai.

"If he plays as well as he did here, he's going to give Federer a tough time," Hrbaty predicted.

Hrbaty, 28, was seeded 17th and appearing in a Masters Series final for the second time after finishing runner-up in Monte Carlo in 2000, but was never in contention in a totally one-sided final.

"I don't think I ever played anybody who played better than he did today," Hrbaty said. "I didn't have any chances."