Djokovic beats Federer to advance to Paris Masters final

Lynette Rowe
November 5, 2018

Thiem, the world No 8 who on Friday had booked his place in this month's ATP Finals in London, was out of sorts and seemed rushed by the depth and power of Khachanov's groundstrokes.

It was his third triumph of the year, all on indoor hard courts, and will rocket Khachanov from 18th in the world to a career-high 11th on Monday.

The 22-year-old Russian has for some time been seen as one of the rising young talents of the sport but few could have envisaged his demolition of the Serbian superstar, who was on a three-month, 22-match winning streak.

"I didn´t unfortunately. But I don´t want to talk about that".

Federer was seeking to become only the second man after Jimmy Connors to win a century of professional tour titles following his 99th win in Basel, only to fall agonisingly short.

Djokovic, who has been suffering from flu-like symptoms all week, added: "I don't feel too good today but I'd like to give respect to Karen for playing a great match today and he deserves to win".

"Karen played really well and he deserved to win", Djokovic said. "I'm getting into (the) season finale feeling good about my game".

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Djokovic saved three break points to reduce the deficit to 4-3, but Khachanov did not allow him a sniff of a break back and sunk to his knees to plant a kiss on the court after an errant backhand from the four-time Paris Masters champion secured the upset.

"Two years isn't a lot in most people's lives, but for me, there's a big difference between 37 and 39".

Djokovic, who will take the world number one ranking from Rafael Nadal on Monday, won 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to extend his winning run to 21 matches, before Federer then saw off Japan's Kei Nishikori in straight sets.

Federer battled admirably to stay on serve in the second set, as Djokovic had chances to break in multiple different games, and Djokovic appeared in control of the match.

Elsewhere, Russian Karen Khachanov ran out a comfortable 6-1, 6-2 victor against fourth seed Alexander Zverev in their last-eight encounter.

Federer has not won the tournament in Paris since 2011, but sealed his progression to Saturday's semi-final with a relatively routine 6-4, 6-4 win over Nishikori.

"So all the credit to him". The Russian won the first set with a big first serve that Djokovic could not return, stretching out his racket in vain as the fizzing ball clipped the frame.

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