Karen Khachanov defeats Novak Djokovic to win Paris Masters title

Karen Khachanov defeats Novak Djokovic to win Paris Masters title

Moreover, in the third set, Djokovic tussled to stay in the tournament and broke the Croat in the eighth game which happened to be the rock-bottom for his 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 quarterfinal victory. 'I couldn't be happier to finish the season like this'.

"Put me under big pressure from the first ball, actually", Thiem said.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion showed trademark resilience to fend off three break points while trailing 4-2, but Khachanov displayed steely composure to seal a memorable victory after an hour and 38 minutes.

Khachanov took ruthless advantage of the German's physical struggles as Zverev, who was battling shoulder trouble, needed a medical time-out in the first set at 4-1 down.

After both players held to love, Khachanov showed no nerves - even though he was in his first Masters final - and served out the match.

"I was never going to win the match, so it was just I told him to calm down a little bit".

Djokovic had his personal-best winning sequence of 30 consecutive sets ended in Bercy as Cilic played nearly flawlessly aggressive tennis to draw first blood in a magnificent duel.

Djokovic was guaranteed a return to the ranking summit when Nadal withdrew from Paris with an abdominal injury on Wednesday. Rafa is in the race. "So there are things that I have to obviously improve for the next one, and I'm looking forward to it".

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Khachanov broke for 6-5 when he hit a powerful shot down the line that Djokovic could only scoop back into the net. "But nevertheless I think I've got nothing to lose", Federer said.

Cilic fired 29 winners to advance to the last eight for the third straight year. This year, he won the Kremlin Cup and Marseille tournament in France.

"In the next match against Novak it will be another big challenge".

Cilic has beaten Djokovic just twice in 17 meetings.

The sixth-seeded Thiem next faces unseeded Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation in their first career meeting. "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".

Saturday's other semi-final will feature Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem against unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov who knocked out fourth seeded Alexander Zverev.

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