Khachanov upsets Djokovic to win Paris Masters title

Novak Djokovic just beat Roger Federer in one of the best tennis matches you'll see all year

Novak Djokovic continued his recent dominance of Roger Federer with a hard-fought 7-6 (6), 5-7, 7-6 (3) victory in the semifinals of the Rolex Paris Masters on Saturday.

The only previous time they had met, Djokovic crushed the Russian in straight sets at Wimbledon and, briefly, it seemed as if the same fate could await Khachanov again as he was out-rallied to go 3-1 down in the opening set. "Maybe I'm not crying, but still I'm really happy".

Ultimately, though, Federer, who saved all 12 break points on his serve, saw his resilience ended as Djokovic extended his career lead over the Swiss to 25-22 after their longest-ever three-set duel.

After both players held to love, Khachanov showed no nerves - even though he was in his first Masters final - and served out the match.

Earning his fourth straight win over a top-10 player this week, Khachanov, whose muscular game resembles that of his childhood hero Marat Safin, a Russian three-times victor in Paris, picked up the biggest title of his burgeoning career.

Djokovic threw everything he could at his opponent in the second set, but it was again Khachanov who found the breakthrough to break once more.

Djokovic overcame Roger Federer in an energy-sapping thriller that lasted over three hours in Saturday's semi-finals, and the Serb began to look tired as he dropped serve to a fall behind early in the second set.

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"He was playing big from the back of the court, flat backhands and forehand".

He could yet take part at the ATP Tour Finals in London after earning a spot as the second alternate for the season-ending event.

Asked about the great player that he will meet in the final, he smiled and said: "I'm going to watch (Federer-Djokovic) definitely and any scenario is good for me". He absolutely deserved to win the match today, ' he said.

Khachanov broke for 6-5 when he hit a powerful shot down the line that Djokovic could only scoop back into the net.

"All the credit to him". I mean, today was Novak, the one who is No. 1 in the world. The 22-year-old, 6ft 6in Russian, already the owner of two indoor hard court titles this year, moved one step away from the biggest title of his career, crushing his Austrian friend and practice partner in 70 one-sided minutes.

A player who never listens and who never opens up will never evolve and will not reach the top. "In this match I think it was really intense the first couple of games and then at 4-4 when it more pressure was coming, I could break him, and then I took the lead".

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