Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer to meet in mouth-watering Paris semi-final

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer to meet in mouth-watering Paris semi-final

"I mean, I won 20-plus matches in a row and had a most incredible last five months", he said.

It was the first time in their 12 years of battling that Djokovic had won four matches in succession against Federer, equalling the run that the Swiss himself had once achieved at the dawn of their rivalry.

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.

The 22-year-old, ranked at number 18 in the world, simply refused to allow the new world number one to settle in the showpiece encounter.

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Brilliant one-handed winners on the run from Federer and acute-angle volleys at the net were matched by tireless retrieving from the baseline and laser-beam forehands to the lines from Djokovic. "I want to talk about how well (Khachanov) played all week and absolutely deserved to win today". He deserves it. He's a young player up and coming.

Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation has reached the final of the Paris Masters after a comfortable straight sets win over Dominic Thiem of Austria on Saturday.

Djokovic overcame Roger Federer in an energy-sapping classic 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.

The 14-time Grand Slam victor will replace long-time rival Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings on Monday, capping an astonishing revival that began with a fourth Wimbledon title in July.

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Earning his fourth straight win over a top-10 player this week, Khachanov, a victor at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow last month, picked up the biggest title of his burgeoning career.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion showed trademark resilience to fend off three break points while trailing 4-2, but Khachanov displayed steely composure to seal a memorable victory after an hour and 37 minutes.

'And he showed great quality today and he showed why we're going to see a lot of him in the future'.

"To finish my season like this is a dream", Khachanov told the crowd in the Bercy arena, explaining that Djokovic had always been an inspiration to him. And what more can I ask for? 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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