Djokovic outlasts Federer in epic semi-final at Paris Masters

Novak Djokovic just beat Roger Federer in one of the best tennis matches you'll see all year

Novak Djokovic just beat Roger Federer in one of the best tennis matches you'll see all year

On Saturday, Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the semi-finals match.

Novak Djokovic was gracious in defeat and expressed his pride over "a most incredible last five months" after Karen Khachanov halted his 22-match winning streak to claim Paris Masters glory in a stunning upset on Sunday.

Khachanov won the first set after breaking Djokovic's serve at 5-5 in the first set. 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.

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

The match victor will start as favorite on Sunday against the Russia's Karen Khachanov who defeated Dominic Thiem to reach his maiden Masters 1000 final. 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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Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem reached the quarter-finals in Paris for the first time, seeing off in-form Borna Coric 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 7-5. He deserves it. He's a young player up and coming. At times tonight, I was playing really well. "But for my fans to get into the match, I also have to play some good tennis".

He had to save three more break points in the seventh game to hold for 4-3 down. "Maybe I'm not crying, but still I'm really happy". View FedEx ATP Head2Head for the following match-up at the Rolex Paris Masters and vote for the players you think will win!

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". "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".

Khachanov will now rise to a career-high world No 11 when the rankings are updated on Monday and overtakes Borna Coric as the second alternate for next week's ATP Finals in London. He built a 4-2 advantage later on with an ace, as Djokovic seemingly didn't recover from fatigue following his three-hour semifinal tussle against Roger Federer. But already established player, top player.

But world number 18 Khachanov, a victor at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow last month, hit back in the very next game as Djokovic dragged a forehand into the tramlines, down break point.

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