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Djokovic sets up Khachanov showdown after Federer thriller

07 November, 2018, 08:18 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Novak Djokovic just beat Roger Federer in one of the best tennis matches you'll see all year

The lingering physical effects of a semi-final victory against Roger Federer over a captivating three hours on Saturday evening meant that Djokovic was far from his usual fluid self on court at the Accorhotels Arena yesterday.

Karen Khachanov, the Russian No.1 player won the greatest trophy of his career today, beating Novak Djokovic, in two straight sets 7-5 6-4 to claim the Paris Masters title.

Djokovic and Federer have clashed at all four Grand Slam tournaments and eight of the nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events.

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Djokovic, who will reclaim the top ranking from Rafael Nadal for the first time in two years, made a strong start in his pursuit of a record-equalling 33rd Masters title as he broke for a 3-1 lead in the opening set.

Russia's Karen Khachanov celebrates after winning against Austria's Dominic Thiem at the end of their men's singles semi-final tennis match on day six of Paris Masters tournament in Paris, on November 3, 2018. In the 2013 semifinals, he bounced back from a set down to beat the Swiss, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. He deserves it. He's a young player up and coming. "And maybe I'm not crying, but still I'm really happy". "But for my fans to get into the match, I also have to play some good tennis".

The Russian fully demonstrated his confidence later on, finishing quadruple breaks for a 6-1 second set victory. "I'm really pleased to overcome this kind of challenge". Federer will need to win this time if he is to keep alive his albeit slim chance of regaining the year-end No1, and with it his 100th title. Five months ago, it was highly improbable considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court.

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"This is my best match of the year, that's for sure", Djokovic said, addressing the crowd in French.

"When you lose a close match like this you always have regrets", he said.

"Reflecting on what I've been through in the previous year, it's quite a phenomenal achievement", said Djokovic who will face Marin Cilic for a spot in the semi-finals.

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The four-time victor of Paris title having reigned in 2009 and 2013-15, will return to the year-end top spot for a fifth time in the ATP Rankings tomorrow. "I told him to tell him to keep it down a little bit because he was going a little bit too much over the edge". "At the end it came down to a few things here and there", said Federer, who returned to play in Paris this week for the first time in three years. But already established player, top player.

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