The peerless Novak Djokovic broke new ground as he retained his Paris Masters title with a straight-sets victory over Andy Murray in the final on Sunday.
World number one Djokovic has finished the regular season in dominant fashion and will enter the ATP World Tour Finals on a 22-match winning streak following this latest success, which saw him achieve two notable landmarks.
In addition to becoming the first man to win six Masters 1000 tournaments in a season since the events were linked in 1990, the Serbian now boasts four titles at the Paris event – surpassing the previous mark of three set by his coach, Boris Becker, and Marat Safin.
Murray has suffered frequently at the hands of Djokovic in 2015 and looked unlikely to pose any real challenge as he racked up a host of errors in the opening set.
The Briton showed courage to immediately break back after dropping his serve early in the second set, but Djokovic – the first player to reach 14 successive finals in the Open era – soon regained command of proceedings to secure an ominously emphatic 6-2 6-4 win over the man who sits second in the world rankings.
The 10-time grand slam champion had his nose in front right from the off, breaking to love in the third game of the match as Murray found himself run ragged by a series of punishing groundstrokes.
Murray was soon put under pressure again, saving three break points at 1-3 down before making a mess of a straightforward volley in his next service game to hand Djokovic a double-break.
The opening set was brought to an end in 42 minutes when Murray netted a backhand and hopes of a fight-back appeared slim as Djokovic continued to dominate from the baseline and broke again for a 2-1 lead in the second.
To his credit, Murray was able to offer a spirited, if brief, response, converting his first chance on the Djokovic serve to surprisingly break back to love before getting to 0-30 two games later.
Yet Djokovic held firm and seized the initiative once more as Murray went long with a forehand to drop serve for a fourth time in the match.
The defending champion did not let his focus slip thereafter and secured his third straight title in Paris when Murray put a backhand return wide – his 34th unforced error of the match.