Khachanov upsets Djokovic to win Paris Masters title

Khachanov upsets Djokovic to win Paris Masters title

Khachanov upsets Djokovic to win Paris Masters title

Karen Khachanov produced a relentless display of aggressive hitting to end Novak Djokovic's 22-match winning run and secure his maiden Masters 1000 title at the Paris Masters.

Constantly keeping the master of defence on the back foot, he converted a decisive break point at 5-5 with an irretrievable backhand at full stretch before taking the set in 57 minutes.

The 22-year-old Khachanov, ranked 18th, is the first Russian to win here since Nikolay Davydenko in 2006.

Khachanov was enjoying himself, prowling around the court with vigour and going a break up at 6-5 after keeping Djokovic at bay with resolute defence before the Serbian netted when a backhand was sacked at his feet. "He can really hurt you". However, the Serb superstar avoided a question about the effects of exhaustion on his Sunday game. I want to talk about how well he (Khachanov) played all week, he absolutely deserved to win the match today.

'So all the credit to him.

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

Brilliant one-handed winners on the run from Federer and acute-angle volleys at the net were matched by tireless retrieving from the baseline and laser-beam forehands to the lines from Djokovic.

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"I'm satisfied of course and I'm going to be No. 1 tomorrow officially".

"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".

"To finish my season like this is a dream", Khachanov told the crowd in the Bercy arena, explaining that Djokovic had always been an inspiration to him.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Safin won the last of his Paris Masters titles in 2004, when Khachanov was a young boy. 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.

"And in general, it's a breakthrough season", said Khachanov, who also won the Kremlin Cup in Moscow last month.

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. "But 3-0, you know?"

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