Djokovic defeats Federer in Paris Masters thriller
Djokovic defeats Federer in Paris Masters thriller
Novak Djokovic overcame a formidable examination from Marin Cilic
07 November, 2018, 08:18
Djokovic had his personal-best winning sequence of 30 consecutive sets ended in Bercy as Cilic played nearly flawlessly aggressive tennis to draw first blood in a magnificent duel.
Although Djokovic broke in the fourth game to move 3-1 up and then led 30-0 on serve, the unseeded Khachanov broke him straight back and the momentum abruptly shifted away from Djokovic.
Khachanov was enjoying himself, prowling around the court with vigour and going a break up at 6-5 after keeping Djokovic at bay with resolute defence before the Serbian netted when a backhand was sacked at his feet.
Novak Djokovic will face Karen Khachanov in the final of the Paris Masters after defeating Roger Federer in a spectacular semi-final.
The Russian dominated the match and won the first set 6-4.
Karen Khachanov poses with the trophy after beating Novak Djokovic in the Paris Masters final. He deserves it. He's a young player up and coming. "Maybe I'm not crying, but still I'm really happy". "But for my fans to get into the match, I also have to play some good tennis".
He then made the most of a third break point in the third game of the second set with a running forehand victor, before holding his nerve to serve out the match. "My priority is London, but now I am so far into the tournament I'll just give it a go and hope things click for me".
"I stepped in more inside the court", Khachanov said.
Federer, the 2011 champion in Paris, last beat Djokovic at the ATP Tour Finals in 2015 and was comprehensively beaten by his long-time rival in the Cincinnati Masters final on the eve of the US Open this year.
Djokovic, who beat Khachanov on the way to winning the Wimbledon title this summer, is seeking a record-extending fifth Paris Masters title.
He said: "I am very happy to come to the finals but I didn't feel too good today". Federer is two wins shy of his 100th career title. And what more can I ask for?
Khachanov is appearing in his second ATP Masters 1000 semi-final after falling to No. 1 Nadal in Toronto on 11 August.
Nonetheless, the Muscovite deserved all the credit for the quality of his power game as he broke the world number five's serve six times in 70 minutes to set up a last-four meeting with either Jack Sock or Dominic Thiem, who were playing later. But already, an established player, top player.
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