Unseeded Khachanov stuns Djokovic to win Paris Masters

Unseeded Khachanov stuns Djokovic to win Paris Masters

Federer, chasing a 100th career title, moved a step closer to that goal with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Japan's Kei Nishikori in Friday's quarter-finals in the French capital.

Djokovic will return to No. 1 in the rankings for the first time in two years on Monday, but he will be disappointed at missing out on a 73rd career title, having withstood the best of Federer on Saturday.

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). There I won the tournament and here I played in the semis and it needed somebody of Novak's calibre to beat me. He was given a huge ovation by the crowd after his win.

The US Open and Wimbledon champion will return to world No.1 on Monday but he was unable to toast that achievement with a 23rd consecutive win, clearly struggling following his three-hour marathon win over Roger Federer on Saturday.

"If the crowd is for Novak that's also good, as long as the (arena) is full".

"It means the world to me", said world number 18 Khachanov. "I have an enormous amount of support around the world".

"I won the match, but if he would've won it, it would've been absolutely deserved".

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet for the 47th time with a place in the Paris Masters final at stake.

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But Federer saved every break point 12 of them and secured the only break of the match in clinching the second set.

In the third set, a Cilic cross-court forehand victor saw him break a for 2-1 lead. 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. "I was kind of going up and down".

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 previous year.

'It was a big challenge, ' the Serb said as he reflected on his victory.

"I'm in the semifinals of a Masters 1000 only for the fourth time", Thiem said.

"I think especially the second part of the year I'm playing really my best tennis".

Federer faced two break points in the opening game of the second set as Djokovic threatened to take control, but matters stayed on serve until a few minutes of uncharacteristic sloppiness from the Serb gave Federer a chance to level, which he took with a fizzing forehand victor. He took exception to some comments made in Khachanov's box and spoke to his opponent at the end of the first set. "Losing is never fun, so that's why I guess I have this face right now".