Russia’s Khachanov Upsets Serbia’s Djokovic To Win Paris Masters Title

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

"When you are playing and you are losing sometimes, you just get a little bit frustrated and upset", said Khachanov, who has reached the last-four of a Masters for the second time after a semi-final run in Toronto this summer.

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.

He said: "I am very happy to come to the finals but I didn't feel too good today".

Asked again whether it was a case of emotional fatigue, after such an intense tussle with Federer, Djokovic repeated his praise for Khachanov. "I came here to Paris with no expectations and figuring that I'd just play a match or two, thinking I'd probably lose because I was too exhausted after Basel".

'So all the credit to him.

Khachanov broke early in the second set and threw away three further break points in the seventh game, but was able to capitalise on his advantage and hold on for the win. I mean, today was Novak, the one who is No. 1 in the world. 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.

When in more peril at break point down at 3-3, he delivered an incredible game-saving backhand at full stretch, which perhaps helped break Cilic's spirit.

He then made the most of a third break point in the third game of the second set with a running forehand victor, before holding his nerve to serve out the match. "He can really hurt you".

He secured victory on his first match point when Djokovic chopped a backhand return wide.

Federer thrust his arms into the air, the crowd rose to their feet in sheer disbelief.

"And in general, it's a breakthrough season".

"I told him my shoulder is hurting and that his uncle, or something, that he's going a bit insane", he said. 'I couldn't be happier to finish the season like this'.

Should he win the title on Sunday, Djokovic will equal Nadal's record of 33 Masters triumphs.

All eyes then turned to No9 Kei Nishikori, who took on Roger Federer for the second time in a month.

"The second thing is after some tough loses against top guys like Rafa in NY, I think they push me to the limit and even to work more harder".

Djokovic's elevation is remarkable as it comes just five months after he slumped to 22nd in the world - his lowest ranking for 12 years - when he was knocked out of the French Open in the quarter-finals.

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. Marat Safin won it three times before that. "And this title, it's a good year-end", Khachanov told a news conference. "I'm really pleased to overcome this kind of challenge".

14-time grand slam champion, Djokovic, won the first set 7-6.

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