Khachanov stuns Djokovic in Paris to win maiden Masters title

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       Novak Djokovic overcame a formidable examination from Marin Cilic

Russia's Karen Khachanov pulled off an upset as he defeated Serbia's Novak Djokovic to clinch the Paris Masters on Sunday.

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.

He further added, 'Djokovic an inspiration for the many titles he won and how he went through tough moments past year and came back to world No 1'.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Safin won the last of his Paris Masters titles in 2004, when Khachanov was a young boy. "Maybe I'm not crying, but still I'm really happy".

"I had some really tough and close matches against top guys and I was really believing that it has to turn around at one point", said Khachanov.

Cilic wrapped up the opener in the 10th game, ending Djokovic's 30-set win streak in the process.

The 31-year-old, now unbeaten in 22 matches, is a four-time victor of the Paris Masters. View FedEx ATP Head2Head for the following match-up at the Rolex Paris Masters and vote for the players you think will win! What more can I ask for?

"And I saw that my level is there".

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They got everything they could have hoped for: two players with a combined 34 Grand Slam titles, 59 Masters titles, and 533 weeks at No.1 slugging it out at a level of unrelenting yet sublime intensity. "Most of the break points he just served well, and played great shots".

Djokovic was a firm favourite to match Rafael Nadal's record tally of 33 ATP Masters 1000 titles, but Khachanov outlined his promise by coming from a break down to secure a 7-5 6-4 victory.

Khachanov continued his strong recent form and easily won the second set 6-1 to reach the final to play against Novak Djokovic.

The unseeded Russian then broke Djokovic for a 6-5 lead, momentarily faltering as he tried to serve out for the set before calmly regrouping to surge ahead.

Roger Federer outclassed Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-4 on Friday to set up a meeting with Novak Djokovic in the Paris Masters semifinals. "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.

However, Khachanov, who had saved match points against John Isner earlier in the week, hit back immediately with assured hitting as he refused to allow Djokovic to dictate the baseline exchanges.

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

"So I was fully prepared, I've been playing some good tennis in the last couple of months and believing in myself so I didn't expect to be that easy in the score". So all the credit to him. But already established player, top player.

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