It’s Federer and Djokovic in the Paris Semifinals

Roger Federer defeated Kei Nishikori to set up a meeting with Djokovic on Saturday

Roger Federer defeated Kei Nishikori to set up a meeting with Djokovic on Saturday

"It was one of my best matches, and what I'm happy about is that I was increasing my level, which shows that I'm becoming a better player", Khachanov, who reached his first Masters 1000 final, said.

Novak Djokovic was gracious in defeat and expressed his pride over "a most unbelievable last five months" after Karen Khachanov halted his 22-match winning streak to claim Paris Masters glory in a stunning upset on Sunday.

Brimming with confidence in a season which has seen him go from No. 22 in the rankings in May to No. 1 when they are released on Monday, and in which he has added the Wimbledon and U.S. Open to his Grand Slam haul, Djokovic created pressure throughout.

Djokovic was not allowed to settle into Sunday's final and was undone when Khachanov broke his serve at 5-5 before going on to win the first set.

The 22-year-old came into the showpiece as the underdog, but impressed with a confident all-court performance, which belied his relative inexperience, to beat the four-time champion 7-5 6-4.

Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation (R) with the winners trophy alongside runner up Novak Djokovic of Serbia after the final.

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

The 1.98m Khachanov dominated from the baseline and attacked the Thiem service, breaking the Austrian in his final five service games of the match.

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In turn, Djokovic also praised the 1.98 meter (6 feet 6 inches) Khachanov for his "really strong and precise" serve.

"He's a young player, up and coming, but already an established player, a top player. Maybe I'm not crying, but still I'm really happy".

Federer was seeking to become only the second man after Jimmy Connors to win a century of professional tour titles following his 99th win in Basel, only to fall agonizingly short.

In their 47th meeting, the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion beat Federer 7-6, 5-7, 7-6.

"I stepped in more inside the court", Khachanov said. Federer saved both break points, and Djokovic whacked his racket into the ground, drawing the first and only boos of a titanic match. The match lasted for an hour and 37 minutes. "And I told him to tell him to keep it down a little bit because he was going a little bit too much over the edge".

Djokovic retains his top spot in the ATP rankings, while Khachanov has been ranked at No 11.

"I would like to give a lot of respect to Karen for playing such fantastic match today and he deserves to win".

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