PARIS: Russian Nikolay Davydenko destroyed Slovakia's Dominik Hrbaty 6-1 6-2 6-2 to take his first Masters Series title in expeditious manner in Paris on Sunday.
Fouth seed Davydenko, the highest-ranked player in the Paris Masters field after a string of no-shows, needed just an hour and 38 minutes to tame a helpless Hbraty.
Davydenko, who will move two places up to third in the ATP entry list to be released on Monday, has now won five tournaments this year, the same as Rafael Nadal and James Blake. Only world number one Roger Federer, with 11, has claimed more.
The 25-year-old Russian has 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 favourites for the year-end Masters Cup featuring the world's top eight players, which starts on Nov. 12 in Shanghai.