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Ferrer ends qualifier's run to win Paris Masters

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JEROME PUGMIRE | November 4, 2012 12:30 PM EST | AP

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PARIS — David Ferrer ended the amazing run of Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 6-3 at the Paris Masters on Sunday, clinching his first Masters title and winning a tour-leading seventh trophy of the season.

The 69th-ranked Janowicz eliminated five top-20 ranked players, including No. 3 Andy Murray, to reach the final. Ferrer's seven titles is one more than Roger Federer, who did not defend his title in Paris.

"I was very nervous because it was my chance to win a first Masters title, but somehow I knew it was my turn," Ferrer said. "To me this is a dream to win here. If I won, it's because I have a great team."

The fourth-seeded Spaniard lost his three previous Masters finals – twice to Rafael Nadal and once to Murray. This time he didn't have a Grand Slam winner in front of him and never looked in real danger, although he did lose his serve early in the second set.

In the fourth game of the match, the entertaining Janowicz hit a booming serve of 150 mph and drew cheers from the crowd at the Bercy arena when he followed up a drop shot with a spectacular volley winner.

In the second set, Ferrer saved two break points and broke Janowicz again to take control of the match at 4-2.

Ferrer collapsed to the court and held his head in his hands after securing victory on his first match point when Janowicz's two-handed backhand was wide.

"Again, I slept only four hours last night. I'm not a machine. I'm proud of myself," Janowicz said. "This has been an incredible week. I would like to thank my family, my fans here and all my supporters back home."

Janowicz had previously reached only one career quarterfinal, which came last month in Moscow. He's projected to improve to 26th in the rankings.

Janowicz played in his first final and tried to become the first qualifier to win a Masters title since Albert Portas in 2001. The last qualifier to reach the final in Paris was Radek Stepanek in 2004.