Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Unseeded Khachanov stuns Djokovic to win Paris Masters

Unseeded Khachanov stuns Djokovic to win Paris Masters

Karen Khachanov sprung one of the biggest upsets of the year by stunning four-time champion Novak Djokovic in the final of the Paris Masters.

Novak Djokovic edged an epic semi-final at the Paris Masters as he defeated Roger Federer 7-6 (6) 5-7 7-6 (3).

The 20-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer has made a flourishing progress in the French capital.

Federer saved a break point with a volley when serving for the set at 5-4.

Khachanov broke for 6-5 when he hit a powerful shot down the line that Djokovic could only scoop back into the net.

Coming into the match, all attention was on Djokovic's bid for a record-tying 33rd Masters 1000 title and 23rd straight match win, but it was Khachanov who extended his own run of 11 wins in 12 matches.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during the final against Russia's Karen Khachanov.

Novak Djokovic ascends to world No 1 today for the first time in two years, but not amid a blaze of glory after being upset by Karen Khachanov, the 22-year-old from Russian Federation, in the final of the Paris Masters.

The 1.98m Khachanov dominated from the baseline and attacked the Thiem service, breaking the Austrian in his final five service games of the match.

No8 in the Race, Dominic Thiem, could do no more: He beat Paris's defending champion Jack Sock in a fine three-set comeback, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. "I came here to Paris with no expectations and figuring that I'd just play a match or two, thinking I'd probably lose because I was too exhausted after Basel".

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"I'm getting into the season finale with a lot of confidence and feeling good about my game". The 22-year-old Russian tennis player praised his opponent after the triumph.

The third break arrived for Khachanov in the third game of the second set.

"When you lose a close match like this you always have regrets", he said.

"I don't want to talk about that".

'So all the credit to him.

Federer was seeking to become only the second man after Jimmy Connors to win a century of professional tour titles following his 99th win in Basel, only to fall agonizingly short.

"It was a very intense match", Djokovic said.

"Reflecting on what I've been through in the a year ago, it's quite a phenomenal achievement", said Djokovic who will face Marin Cilic for a spot in the semi-finals.

It is a first Masters title for Khachanov, who has now demanded he be regarded a contender for the 2019 Australian Open.

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