Novak Djokovic hails a record-breaking victory at the ATP Paris Masters event Djokovic wins on return to tennis at ATP Paris Masters ©Getty Images

Novak Djokovic beat Russia’s Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to claim his sixth Paris Masters title and a record 37th Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Masters 1000 trophies.

Djokovic’s achievement in reaching the final had already confirmed him as the world’s number one player for a record seventh time – surpassing the mark he had shared with Pete Sampras of the United States.

Victory at the Bercy Arena earned the 34-year-old Serbian another landmark as he bettered the total of 36 Masters wins he had shared with perennial rival Rafael Nadal of Spain.

The final offered Djokovic the chance of avenging his US Open final defeat to the 25-year-old world number two, who beat Tokyo 2020 gold medallist Alexander Zverev of Germany in his semi-final.

Medvedev started in confident fashion and Djokovic had to work to find a way past his strong defensive play.

But once the initiative tipped, the Serbian became an unstoppable force in pursuit of his first Masters title of the season, moving to 3-1 in the second set and taking the match to a decider with an ace on his third set point.

Medvedev appeared overwhelmed in the third set and lost on the first match point as Djokovic produced a forehand winner down the line.