Djokovic ousts Federer in epic semis

07 November, 2018, 08:17 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic earned a place in tomorrow's Paris Masters final with victory over Roger Federer after what he described as "one of the best" of their matches against each other.

Novak Djokovic was gracious in defeat and expressed his pride over "a most wonderful last five months" after Karen Khachanov halted his 22-match winning streak to claim Paris Masters glory in a stunning upset on Sunday.

The unseeded Khachanov struck 31 winners in an imperious performance, denying the 14-time grand slam champion a record-equalling 33rd Masters title with a 7-5 6-4 upset in Bercy. The victory required just one break in each set, 6-4, 6-4, and 79 minutes-which was just as well, given that the clock was approaching 11pm and his semi-final against Djokovic begins at 4.30pm Saturday.

Djokovic, who will regain his world No.1 ranking next week, faces Federer on Sunday morning (1.30am AEST) after the Swiss great's comfortable 6-4 6-4 win over Kei Nishikori to move a step nearer to winning his 100th career title.

Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation (R) with the winners trophy alongside runner up Novak Djokovic of Serbia after the final.

Novak Djokovic ascends to world No 1 today for the first time in two years, but not amid a blaze of glory after being upset by Karen Khachanov, the 22-year-old from Russian Federation, in the final of the Paris Masters.

Although he was broken early and Djokovic took a 3-1 lead in the first set, Khachanov managed to break the Serbian's serve and get back in the match, reports Efe news. He deserves it. He's a young player up and coming. "But I played really well".

A rasping serve down the tee sealed the set for the 22-year-old, with Djokovic looking flat and in need of inspiration.

He had to save three more break points in the seventh game to hold for 4-3 down. "I'm just really proud of myself that I could be in this list of winners".

"I stepped in more inside the court", Khachanov said.

"I don't want to talk about that.

And in general, it's a breakthrough season", said Khachanov, who also won the Kremlin Cup in Moscow last month. "All the credit to him", Djokovic 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.

Cilic wrapped up the opener in the 10th game, ending Wimbledon and US Open champion Djokovic's 30-set win streak in the process. "I can't foresee too much in advance but I don't think it will be my last match here".

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