Paris Masters: Karen Khachanov stuns Novak Djokovic in final

07 November, 2018, 08:16 | Author: Alyssa Little
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       Novak Djokovic overcame a formidable examination from Marin Cilic

When in more peril at break point down at 3-3, he delivered an awesome game-saving backhand at full stretch, which perhaps helped break Cilic's spirit.

Federer fended off two more break points to open the third set as Djokovic hit the deck when his ankle appeared to catch in the surface.

"He's been playing some sensational tennis", said Djokovic. "He can really hurt you". "His serve is really, really strong and precise". The imposing Khachanov thrust both his arms in the air and, moments later, knelt down to kiss the court. In general, it's a breakthrough season.

"I am very close to London, to securing my spot mathematically", said Cilic, who is part of the Croatia team facing France in the Davis Cup final at the end of this month.

Djokovic is now on a 22-match winning streak, and will aim to move level with Rafael Nadal on a record 33 Masters titles.

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.

"I'm satisfied of course and I'm going to be number one [on Monday] officially".

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The 31-year-old's elevation is remarkable as it comes just five months after he slumped to 22 in the world-his lowest ranking for 12 years-when he was knocked out of the French Open in the quarter-finals. "I'm getting into (the) season finale feeling good about my game". "But for my fans to get into the match, I also have to play some good tennis". Marat Safin won it three times before that.

Even better news for a sport always on the lookout for the next bright young thing to challenge the established order of Djokovic, Federer and Rafa Nadal, Khachanov showed why he has the weapons and temperament to offer them a real threat.

"I mean, I'm looking forward to play finals tomorrow", said the 18th-ranked Khachanov. "I'm just happy that match by match I'm just increasing the level of the game", he added.

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.

Chasing his 100th career title after winning the Swiss Indoors last Sunday, the 20-time Grand Slam champion was hardly troubled.

Djokovic rattled 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. "So maybe it was in the back of my mind".

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