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Khachanov shocks Djokovic to win Paris crown

07 November, 2018, 08:20 | Author: Drew Briggs
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       Novak Djokovic overcame a formidable examination from Marin Cilic

Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic cruised into the final of the ongoing Paris Masters after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland in their semifinals here on Saturday.

Khachanov, at 22 another of the sport's brightest prospects, took ruthless advantage of the 21-year-old German's physical struggles as Zverev, battling with shoulder trouble, needed a medical time out in the first set at 4-1 down.

Khachanov produced a powerful performance on the indoor hard courts of Paris-Bercy on Sunday, preventing Djokovic from finding his rhythm.

He's never met an opponent as often Novak Djokovic, whom he plays for the 47th time in the Rolex Paris Masters semi-finals.

Khachanov has won all four ATP World Tour title matches he has taken place in and should go into 2019 brimming with confidence.

Khachanov may have enjoyed his best week of career in the French capital after bettering No. 6 seed Dominic Thiem in their first meeting to reach a maiden ATP 1000 final. I want to talk about how well he played all week and he absolutely deserved to win the match today. "Maybe I'm not crying, but still I'm really happy".

The Russian number two now has 15 match wins at this level this year, including a trip to the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Federer fended off two more break points to open the third set as Djokovic hit the deck when his ankle appeared to catch in the surface.

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"Reflecting on what I've been through in the a year ago, it's quite a phenomenal achievement", said Djokovic who will face Marin Cilic for a spot in the semi-finals. "This match could have gone either way", said Djokovic.

"But overall I'm happy with my game".

Khachanov will now rise to a career-high world No 11 when the rankings are updated on Monday and overtakes Borna Coric as the second alternate for next week's ATP Finals in London.

"I need to keep on working with my team and to improve day by day and to compete with guys like Novak at the biggest tournaments more consistently".

The 18th ranked Muscovite overpowered a third top-10 player in successive days, having hammered Alexander Zverev in the quarters and defeated John Isner in the last-16.

"He deserves his trophy and I am sure we will see a lot of great matches from him in the future".

The 14-time Grand Slam champion failed to break Federer once in their three-hour contest on Saturday, but he began the final impressively as he secured the first break of the match, on his fifth break point.

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