Greg Rusedski praised Paris champ David Ferrer and runner-up Jerzy Janowicz.
Last Updated: 04/11/12 4:34pm
Ferrer: Finally captured a Masters
Greg Rusedski praised David Ferrer after his Paris Masters win - and also paid credit to the valiant runner-up Jerzy Janowicz.
Spaniard Ferrer prevailed 6-4, 6-3 in the final with Poland's Janowicz finally tasting defeat after a fantastic week which has seen him defeat five top 20 players in a row, including Britain's Andy Murray.
"It's hard to believe that's the first Masters Series David Ferrer has won at 30 years of age," Rusedski told Sky Sports. "But boy was he dogged and determined.
"After the first set Ferrer knew the momentum was with him and he started to play some really good tennis. "
"He played the big points better than Janowicz and that was the key. He also returned fantastically well; he was seeing it so well. After the first set Ferrer knew the momentum was with him and he started to play some really good tennis.
"He had the full combination and is a deserved Masters champion."
Peter Fleming was also impressed with Ferrer's display, hailing his focus - whilst also pointing out 21-year-old Janowicz was feeling the effects of a tough week.
"I thought Janowicz was running on fumes both physically and emotionally towards the end," he said.
"It looked as though right from the start he wasn't quite as sharp as he has been during the week, missing ground strokes and in the end you can't do that against Ferrer.
"Ferrer is so consistent, so dogged in the focus and consistency he brings to every ball. He doesn't have a huge weapon but he brings so much energy to every moment on the court."
However, Fleming said he doesn't expect to see Ferrer reproduce this form in London next week for the ATP World Tour Finals.
"It will be tough for Ferrer to challenge in London," he said, referring to the Spaniards long weeks in Paris and in Valencia, where he also won last week.
"He'll also have one eye on the Davis Cup final which is the following week, so if he has a couple of long matches early on I think it could be a short week for him."
Future's brightBut for Janowicz the future is bright, added Rusedski - who says the Pole must now focus on consistency.
"It will be interesting to see what Janowicz can do next year," said Rusedski.
"He's going to be seeded now at the Australian Open so let's see what he can do there.
"He's got a big game and no one wants to play him, but for me you've got to get a game where it's solid week-in, week-out.
"It's great to have a run like this but he needs to use the off season to get stronger and back up this result. But he's in a good position to do that next year and I think he's going to get into the top 40 in 2013."