Djokovic ousts Federer in epic Paris semi-final - Omni Sports

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       Novak Djokovic overcame a formidable examination from Marin Cilic

"To finish my season like this is a dream", Khachanov told the crowd in the Bercy arena, explaining that Djokovic had always been an inspiration to him. "I mean, I had a most awesome last five months of the year".

Instead, up against a great champion looking for a fourth consecutive tournament win, following his victories at the Cincinnati Masters, the U.S. Open and the Shanghai Masters, the chess-loving Russian changed his strategy. If he defeats Thiem, Khachanov will have earned three Top 10 wins in as many days after beating No. 9 John Isner on Thursday and No. 5 Alexander Zverev on Friday.

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.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion failed to break Federer once in their three-hour contest on Saturday, but he began the final impressively as he secured the first break of the match, on his fifth break point.

"I'm getting into the season finale with a lot of confidence and feeling good about my game". It depends who is going to play the ATP Finals in London. However, that didn't mean that Federer won't make him sweat and Djokovic had to endure much more than he expected in the semi-final match before he eventually won 6-7, 7-5, 6-7.

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.

With two indoor hard court tournament triumphs to his name already this year, Khachanov will now move up to at least a career-high number 13 in the world next week.

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Cilic has beaten Djokovic just twice in 17 meetings.

Khachanov, who crushed Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 in the semi-final on Saturday, took advantage of Djokovic appearing to be a little under-the-weather after a week struggling with flu-like symptoms.

Marat Safin - to whom Karen Khachanov has often been compared - won the Paris Masters three times, but lost his first final to Andre Agassi. "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".

Thiem, also in contention for the ATP Finals, next faces defending champion Jack Sock of the United States.

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