The story of the week was Jerzy Janowicz, but Sunday belonged to David Ferrer at the Paris Masters. And rightly so.
When the 5-foot-9 Spaniard hugged his 6-8 opponent at the net after his 6-4, 6-3 victory, he was weeping tears of joy at having reached a career milestone. It was Ferrer's first ATP Masters 1000 title after losing three times in the finals.
"It was a dream for me to win here in Paris Bercy," he said.
Ferrer, 30, had been kept waiting so long because of the supreme quartet who have gobbled up all the major titles these past five years. But this week, as a result of the damaging decision to do away with the free week between Paris and the ATP World Finals (which begins Monday in London), the top four, as well as other leading players who had already qualified for London, lost a little of their appetite for this event.
Rafael Nadal, of course, was injured. Roger Federer pulled out after winning Basel last Sunday. Novak Djokovic was distracted by his own brief illness ...