Unseeded Khachanov stuns Djokovic to win Paris crown

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Novak Djokovic recovered from one set down to beat Croatia's Marin Cilic and reach the semi-finals of the Paris Masters.

Karen Khachanov produced a relentless display of aggressive hitting to end Novak Djokovic's 22-match winning run and secure his maiden Masters 1000 title at the Paris Masters.

Federer won 28/29 first serves, saved the only break point he faced, and took full advantage of the fast courts to attack the front of the court with plenty of success.

Highlights of the Paris Masters final between Novak Djokovic and Karen Khachanov. He took exception to some comments made in Khachanov's box and spoke to his opponent at the end of the first set.

Khachanov, the victor at last month's Kremlin Cup in Moscow, demolished out-of-sorts fourth seed Alexander Zverev of Germany 6-1, 6-2 while Thiem knocked out defending champion Jack Sock, the 16th-seeded American, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

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Then, with Djokovic clearly breathing harder, he earned the decisive break to go 2-1 up in the second set after the Serbian pushed a weary-looking backhand into the net. He absolutely deserved to win the match today, ' he said.

The 2011 Paris champion, Federer spent about one hour and 21 minutes to wrap up his sixth straight win over the Japanese.

Federer, the 2011 champion in Paris, last beat Djokovic at the ATP Tour Finals in 2015 and was comprehensively beaten by his long-time rival in the Cincinnati Masters final on the eve of the US Open this year.

Djokovic, who has been an impervious force over the past four months, said, "The quality of his serve tonight was quite wonderful, to be honest".

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. "So as I said, I can't be too ecstatic about it".

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"Whenever I play Roger he demands the best of me".

The 18th ranked Muscovite overpowered a third top-10 player in successive days, having hammered Alexander Zverev in the quarters and defeated John Isner in the last-16.

In a 47th meeting between the two greats, the stubborn Djokovic simply refused to be beaten as he eked out a fourth successive victory over Federer in a tiebreak decider after three compelling hours.

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 would like to give a lot of respect to Karen for playing such fantastic match today and he deserves to win".

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