Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Khachanov revels in 'biggest achievement' after Djokovic upset

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Sergio Cook | 07 November, 2018, 08:17

After also being taken to three sets by Marin Cilic in Friday's quarterfinals, Djokovic's semifinal finished at around 8 p.m. local time and he felt he was unable to recover sufficiently from that draining encounter.

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

Djokovic is now on a 22-match winning streak, and will aim to move level with Rafael Nadal on a record 33 Masters titles.

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

Novak Djokovic will face Karen Khachanov in the final of the Paris Masters after defeating Roger Federer in a spectacular semi-final. 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. So if I'm not playing really, really good like today, then what's happening, they kill me', said Thiem who will play the ATP Finals in London next.

The 31-year-old, now unbeaten in 22 matches, is a four-time victor of the Paris Masters. "Maybe I'm not crying, but still I'm really happy".

"I won the match, but if he would've won it, it would've been absolutely deserved".

Djokovic, who has been an impervious force over the past four months, said, "The quality of his serve tonight was quite awesome, to be honest". He managed to hold his nerve and win the championship.

Now he has to find a way past Djokovic, the Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion who has beaten Federer in their past three meetings and leads him 24-22 overall.

World number 18 Khachanov saved two match points against John Isner in the last 16 but needed just over an hour to dispatch Zverev, who dropped his serve six times in eight games.

"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". I want to talk about how well he (Khachanov) played all week.

Roger Federer has faced 328 players in 1,435 matches over his 20-year career on the ATP World Tour.

Khachanov is appearing in his second ATP Masters 1000 semi-final after falling to No. 1 Nadal in Toronto on 11 August. But already, an established player, top player.

"I'm sure we'll see a lot of great games from him in the future", conceded Djokovic.

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