A thriller in Paris as World-No1-in-waiting Djokovic edges Federer

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic, who has now won 30 of his past 31 matches dating back to the start of Wimbledon, beat Federer in straight sets to complete his set of nine Masters titles.

Djokovic beat Roger Federer in a classic semi-final on Saturday, but failed to match the standards he set on a remarkable winning run as Khachanov rose to the occasion in his first Masters final.

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

Novak Djokovic will face Karen Khachanov in the final of the Paris Masters after defeating Roger Federer in a spectacular semi-final.

Khachanov has won all four ATP World Tour title matches he has taken place in and should go into 2019 brimming with confidence.

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Khachanov was riding on a wonderful trip in the French capital this week, as he registered three victories in a row against world Top 10 players, John Isner, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem, en route to Sunday's final. At times tonight, I was playing really well.

The 22-year-old, ranked at number 18 in the world, simply refused to allow the new world number one to settle in the showpiece encounter.

He then made the most of a third break point in the third game of the second set with a running forehand victor, before holding his nerve to serve out the match. "Maybe I'm not crying, but still I'm really happy".

After both players held to love, Khachanov showed no nerves - even though he was in his first Masters final - and served out the match. Five months ago, it was highly improbable considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court.

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.

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Djokovic, victor of the Wimbledon and US Open championships this year, will now face Roger Federer or Kei Nishikori for a place in Sunday's final. "He deserves the trophy", Djokovic told the crowd.

"I stepped in more inside the court", Khachanov said. "At the end it came down to a few things here and there", said Federer, who returned to play in Paris this week for the first time in three years.

"I need to keep on working with my team and to improve day by day and to compete with guys like Novak at the biggest tournaments more consistently". But already established player, top player.

"I'm sure we'll see a lot of great games from him in the future", conceded Djokovic.

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