Djokovic beats Federer to advance to Paris Masters final

07 November, 2018, 08:18 | Author: George Williams
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       Novak Djokovic overcame a formidable examination from Marin Cilic

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.

Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic cruised into the final of the ongoing Paris Masters after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland in their semifinals here on Saturday.

Since then, however, he has won Wimbledon and the US Open, taking his Grand Slam tally to 14, winning 20 consecutive tour-level matches for the sixth time, and 29 of his past 30 encounters.

The Russian won 76 per cent of points behind his powerful first serve and broke three times, coming from 3-1 down in the first set before going on to win his third title of the season - and a fourth of his career.

Federer defeated Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 as the Swiss great moved three wins away from his 100th career title.

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The Sunday showdown was Khachanov's first ever Masters final.

Khachanov's momentum continued in the second set, and the Russian took a 3-1 lead and never looked back.

"Karen played really well and he deserved to win", Djokovic said.

A rasping serve down the tee sealed the set for the 22-year-old, with Djokovic looking flat and in need of inspiration. "I'm just really proud of myself that I could be in this list of winners". "I know I have fans here, I can't complain", Federer said. Federer saved both break points, and Djokovic whacked his racket into the ground, drawing the first and only boos of a titanic match.

Thiem joined Djokovic and Federer in the Nitto ATP Finals field when Kei Nishikori lost on Friday. "I can't foresee too much in advance but I don't think it will be my last match here".

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"I didn't unfortunately. But I don't want to talk about that", Djokovic said.

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.

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.

Four-time Paris champion Djokovic made the last-eight when Bosnian opponent Damir Dzumhur retired injured trailing 6-1, 2-1. But already, an established player, top player.

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