Unseeded Khachanov stuns Djokovic to win Paris Masters


Thiem, the world No 8 who on Friday had booked his place in this month's ATP Finals in London, was out of sorts and seemed rushed by the depth and power of Khachanov's groundstrokes.

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. The 22-year-old, 6ft 6in Russian, already the owner of two indoor hard court titles this year, moved one step away from the biggest title of his career, crushing his Austrian friend and practice partner in 70 one-sided minutes.

"I didn´t unfortunately. But I don´t want to talk about that".

"When you lose a close match like this you always have regrets", Federer, who remains one title shy of 100 career trophies, told the crowd, according to the Washington Post. Both players struck the ball cleanly from the onset and battled through a tight first set, the highlight of which came when Federer produced a stroke of genius at the net while down break point.

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Khachanov, ranked No.18, beat another GenerationX player, Dominic Thiem in the semi-final, to play his first Masters Final.

Yet even though the Serb admitted he had not recovered physically after his epic three-hour win over Roger Federer in Saturday's semi-final, he had nothing but praise for the outstanding quality of Khachanov's attacking game.

"So all the credit to him".

Although Khachanov denied Djokovic, the opportunity of clinching his fourth Paris Masters title and his record-equalling 33rd, he will be consoled by the fact that he will become the World Number One on Monday, replacing Rafa Nadal, who pulled out of the tournament because of injury. And what more can I ask for?

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Karen Khachanov says his win over Novak Djokovic in the Paris Masters final was one of the biggest of his career so far.

'And he showed great quality today and he showed why we're going to see a lot of him in the future'.

Djokovic outlasted Federer in an energy-sapping classic that lasted over three hours on Saturday, and the Serb began to look tired as he dropped serve to a fall behind early in the second set.

The Russian dominated the match and won the first set 6-4.

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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.