Paris Masters: Djokovic downs Federer to reach final

07 November, 2018, 08:20 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Novak Djokovic just beat Roger Federer in one of the best tennis matches you'll see all year

A phenomenal year continues for Novak Djokovic as he outperforms the Swiss legend, Roger Federer to enter the final of Paris Masters.

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.

Federer won 28/29 first serves, saved the only break point he faced, and took full advantage of the fast courts to attack the front of the court with plenty of success.

He won the final by 7-5 6-4.

Djokovic will return to No. 1 in the rankings for the first time in two years on Monday, but the Serb will be disappointed at missing out on a 73rd career title, having withstood the best of Federer on Saturday.

Four-time victor Novak Djokovic edged Swiss veteran Roger Federer in full sets in a spotlight semifinal duel to set up his encounter against unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov at the ATP Paris Masters here on Saturday. At the end of a one-sided first set, he complained to Khachanov about the over-zealous reactions of the Russian's camp at courtside.

No8 in the Race, Dominic Thiem, could do no more: He beat Paris's defending champion Jack Sock in a fine three-set comeback, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. He deserves it. He's a young player up and coming. So if I'm not playing really, really good like today, then what's happening, they kill me', said Thiem who will play the ATP Finals in London next. "I mean, match by match I was increasing my level", said the 22-year-old Khachanov.


The Russian fully demonstrated his confidence later on, finishing quadruple breaks for a 6-1 second set victory. I'm just pleased to be in the semis. Federer is two wins shy of his 100th career title.

A far tougher test lies in store for Federer, however, with Djokovic up next and on a 21-match winning run as he bids for a fourth consecutive title.

In their 47th meeting, the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion beat Federer 7-6, 5-7, 7-6.

"I don't want to talk about that".

Khachanov became the third different first-time victor of a Masters tournament this season - joining Juan Martin del Potro and John Isner - and will rise to a career-high ranking of 11th on Monday. "And I told him to tell him to keep it down a little bit because he was going a little bit too much over the edge". But already, an established player, top player.

Khachanov has also won two ATP World Tour titles in 2018 with triumphs in Marseille and at the Kremlin Cup.

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