Djoker extends mastery over great rival in Paris thriller

Djoker extends mastery over great rival in Paris thriller

Although Khachanov denied Djokovic, the opportunity of clinching his fourth Paris Masters title and his record-equalling 33rd, he will be consoled by the fact that he will become the World Number One on Monday, replacing Rafa Nadal, who pulled out of the tournament because of injury.

The Russian, who had prevailed in just three of his 19 encounters against players in the top 10, became the third different victor of a 1000 series event this season, could still take part in the ATP Tour Finals in London as a second alternate. "I mean, I'm looking forward to play finals tomorrow", said the 18th-ranked Khachanov.

"It's one of the biggest achievements right now to make finals in the Masters 1000".

"It was a good one actually". 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. "I'm really pleased to overcome this kind of challenge".

"It was really tough for me to lose that match in Paris", said Khachanov, who had been leading two sets to one at Roland Garros. If he defeats Thiem, Khachanov will have earned three Top 10 wins in as many days after beating No. 9 John Isner on Thursday and No. 5 Alexander Zverev on Friday.

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

"Thank you everybody for coming and supporting us".

"I was never going to win the match, so it was just I told him to calm down a little bit".

They got everything they could have hoped for: two players with a combined 34 Grand Slam titles, 59 Masters titles, and 533 weeks at No.1 slugging it out at a level of unrelenting yet sublime intensity.

The 31-year-old, now unbeaten in 22 matches, is a four-time victor of the Paris Masters.

The 22-year-old came into the showpiece as the underdog, but impressed with a confident all-court performance, which belied his relative inexperience, to beat the four-time champion 7-5 6-4.

"I think that was the problem with Kei today".

"No idea if it was the last match", Federer replied when asked whether Saturday's loss to Djokovic could be the final time he plays in Paris. I want to talk about how well he (Khachanov) played all week. 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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