Khachanov revels in 'biggest achievement' after Djokovic upset

Khachanov revels in 'biggest achievement' after Djokovic upset

The unseeded Khachanov broke Thiem to lead 5-4 and served out the first set.

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.

Novak Djokovic ruined Roger Federer's ambitions of a 100th career title as he outlasted his great adversary 7-6 (6), 5-7, 7-6 (3) in an epic Paris Masters semi-final that stretched his remarkable unbeaten run to 22 matches.

In turn, Djokovic also praised the 1.98 meter (6 feet 6 inches) Khachanov for his "really strong and precise" serve.

"That shows that I'm improving in my consistency, I'm becoming a better player, playing from the beginning of the tournament better and better, so that's a good thing", Khachanov said after the match. "He can really hurt you", Djokovic said.

Novak Djokovic outlasted Roger Federer in a three-hour epic. However, the Serb superstar avoided a question about the effects of exhaustion on his Sunday game. "I want to talk about how well [Khachanov] played all week and absolutely deserved to win today".

Djokovic, who beat him on the way to the Wimbledon title, is seeking a record-extending fifth Paris Masters title and 73rd title overall.

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"I'm getting into the season finale with a lot of confidence and feeling good about my game".

"It's one of my biggest titles so far, biggest achievement". "I was kind of going up and down". Luthi has been following Federer on the Tour for more than a decade, and he said: 'I have been working with Roger Federer for 11 years and the way to motivate him has also evolved.

"The second thing is after some tough loses against top guys like Rafa in NY, I think they push me to the limit and even to work more harder".

"This is my best match of the year, that's for sure", Djokovic said, addressing the crowd in French.

Earning his fourth straight win over a top-10 player this week, Khachanov, whose muscular game resembles that of his childhood hero Marat Safin, a Russian three-times victor in Paris, picked up the biggest title of his burgeoning career. But, just as a victor is someone who is always adjusting to adversity, Federer stuck out his racquet at the last moment which was a sheer reflex as the ball fell on the other court with a little bit of spin miles ahead of Djokovic, who was standing at the baseline.

The match promised much, and delivered from the off as Djovovic gave fans a glimpse of what was in store in the very first set, needing 71 minutes to overcome Federer 7-6 (8-6). "But 3-0, you know?"

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