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Federer Secures Djokovic Semifinal In Paris

Federer Secures Djokovic Semifinal In Paris

Djokovic had not been beaten since Stefanos Tsitsipas knocked him out of the Rogers Cup in August, but the new world number one came unstuck against another rising star on Sunday.

The opening set saw no break en route to the tie-break, where Djokovic saved a set point with three consecutive points for an 8-6 win.

Khachanov became the third different first-time victor of a Masters tournament this season - joining Juan Martin del Potro and John Isner - and will rise to a career-high ranking of 11th on Monday. View FedEx ATP Head2Head for the following match-up at the Rolex Paris Masters and vote for the players you think will win!

Khachanov was enjoying himself, prowling around the court with vigour and going a break up at 6-5 after keeping Djokovic at bay with resolute defence before the Serbian netted when a backhand was sacked at his feet. The 22-year-old Russian tennis player praised his opponent after the triumph.

Djokovic broke for 3-1 in the second set and did not look back.

In all honesty, a 37-year-old Federer wasn't the favourite to beat the World No. 1 Serbian, who has just returned to his peak following a harrowing injury. "In this match I think it was really intense the first couple of games and then at 4-4 when it more pressure was coming, I could break him, and then I took the lead". "He deserves the trophy", Djokovic told the crowd.

Djokovic is two wins shy of tying Rafael Nadal's record with 33 ATP Masters 1000 titles.

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He rose to a career-high No3 in the rankings in January, and has won at least one title for the last 11 years. "I'm just happy that match by match I'm just increasing the level of the game", he added.

Despite missed opportunities by Khachanov, who also won titles in Marseille and Moscow this season, for a double-break advantage, he maintained his composure to serve out for a memorable victory.

"As I said for the French Open, I will decide at the end of the year to see how it will have an impact on my physical training".

"I'll probably be able to speak more profoundly about it when the season is done and hopefully if I get to finish as No. 1".

Djokovic reeled off six successive points to bring up five match points, clinching victory at the third attempt when Federer picked out the net to end a tense concluding rally.

"The second thing is after some tough loses against top guys like Rafa in NY, I think they push me to the limit and even to work more harder".