Karen Khachanov stuns Novak Djokovic to win Paris Masters title

Karen Khachanov stuns Novak Djokovic to win Paris Masters title

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.

The US Open and Wimbledon champion will return to world No.1 on Monday but he was unable to toast that achievement with a 23rd consecutive win, clearly struggling following his three-hour marathon win over Roger Federer on Saturday.

Russia's Karen Khachanov celebrates his first Masters triumph following a memorable win over Novak Djokovic.

"It's one of my biggest titles so far, biggest achievement".

Federer, who was seeking to become only the second man after Jimmy Connors to win a century of professional tour titles, lost the first set despite having held set point in the tie-break and had Djokovic in trouble in the final set when the Serb received a code violation at 4-4 for chucking his racket away in disgust after the Swiss had saved two break points.

It was the 4th successive win for Djokovic over Federer, and the Serb will play against Russia's Karen Khachanov. "And maybe I'm not crying, but still I'm really happy".

Still, the Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion has plenty to feel good about after a 22-match winning streak, and he remains favorite for the season-ending ATP Finals in London, beginning November 11. Both players struck the ball cleanly from the onset and battled through a tight first set, the highlight of which came when Federer produced a stroke of genius at the net while down break point.

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"It means the world to me", said world number 18 Khachanov.

Federer saved two match points but could not prevent himself slipping to a fourth straight loss to Djokovic, who advances into the final against unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov, who has never played in a Masters final.

'So all the credit to him. But already established player, top player.

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.

In Djokovic's own words to Sky Sports, the pair went "toe-to-toe" as Federer showed extraordinary quality in keeping the match so close against the sport's most in-form player.

Thiem, the French Open finalist, came from behind to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 against Jack Sock, who won the title in Paris previous year.

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