Khachanov shocks tennis world with stunning Djokovic upset
Nov 05 2018
I mean, today was Novak, the one who is No. 1 in the world.
But the 20-time grand slam champion, Federer, fought back and finished the 2nd set 7-5, to send the match to a decider, where Djokovic finished it 7-6, to wrap-up an epic match in 3 hours and 6 minutes.
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.
'I want to talk about how well he played all week.
Despite not being broken in the match, Federer's quest to become just the second man with 100 ATP titles will have to wait, as he sits on 99 with just the year-end ATP Finals left this season.
"Karen played really well and he deserved to win that match", said Djokovic, who admitted he had struggled to fully recover after his gruelling showdown with Federer less than 24 hours earlier. He deserves it. He's a young player up and coming.
In one of the best non-Grand Slam matches of the year, Novak Djokovic extended his win streak to 22 by edging Roger Federer 7-6 (6), 5-7, 7-6 (3) to advance to the finals of the Paris Masters.
Although he is 3-0 in finals, he has never played in a Masters final before.
Khachanov became the third different first-time victor of a Masters tournament this year - joining Juan Martin del Potro and John Isner - and denied Djokovic a fourth title in a row ahead of his return to world number one on Monday.
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.
'So all the credit to him.
"After that, my intensity (changed), I stepped in more inside the court, started to move him and maybe he didn't expect that", said Khachanov, who did not give up another break point in the rest of the match with his pinpoint, heavy serving. "I couldn't be happier to finish the season like this".
"Two years isn't a lot in most people's lives, but for me, there's a big difference between 37 and 39".
Federer battled admirably to stay on serve in the second set, as Djokovic had chances to break in multiple different games, and Djokovic appeared in control of the match.
Thiem, the French Open finalist, came from behind to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 against Jack Sock, who won the title in Paris a year ago.