Paris Masters: Djokovic downs Federer to reach final

Dean Simpson
November 7, 2018

He managed to hold his nerve and win the championship.

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.

The unseeded Russian then broke Djokovic for a 6-5 lead, momentarily faltering as he tried to serve out for the set before calmly regrouping to surge ahead. This year, he won the Kremlin Cup and Marseille tournament in France.

Djokovic, the reigning Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion, will nevertheless return to the No. 1 ranking in men's tennis when the list is announced on November 5.

"It means the world to me", he said.

The Russian player, who named Marat Safin, a former Russian tennis star as his hero and inspiration, was born in Moscow on 21 May 1996.

"For the most part I can be happy, my level was good, but losing is never fun", said Federer. Regardless of Saturday's result, the Serbian will return to No. 1 on Monday. In the full-capacity Bercy Arena, the two superstars didn't let crowds down as their encounter went in a dramatic manner with two sets forced into tie-breaks.

"I was thinking, 'OK, (Djokovic) has, I don't know, 70 titles and I have three, '" Khachanov said.

"I'm still struggling. It's kind of a flu".

"I'm very, very happy and proud about it".

Khachanov became the third different first-time victor of a Masters tournament this year - joining John Isner and Juan Martin del Potro - and denied Djokovic a fourth title in a row ahead of his return to world number one on Monday.

Khachanov continued his strong recent form and easily won the second set 6-1 to reach the final to play against Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic, who beat Khachanov on the way to winning the Wimbledon title this summer, is seeking a record-extending fifth Paris Masters title.

Zverev had treatment on his right shoulder late in the first set and made a string of unforced errors.

"I told him my shoulder is hurting and that his uncle, or something, that he's going a bit insane", Zverev said. What more can I ask for?

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.

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.

The 1.98m Khachenov dominated from the baseline and attacked the Thiem service, breaking the Austrian in his final five service games of the match.

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