Inspired Khachanov stuns Djokovic to claim Paris title

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       Novak Djokovic overcame a formidable examination from Marin Cilic

The 22-year-old Russian has for some time been seen as one of the rising young talents of the sport but few could have envisaged his demolition of the Serbian superstar, who was on a three-month, 22-match winning streak.

14-time grand slam champion, Djokovic, won the first set 7-6.

The Russian, who had prevailed in just three of his 19 encounters against players in the top 10, became the third different victor of a 1000 series event this season, could still take part in the ATP Tour Finals in London as a second alternate.

Nishikori will join Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem at the elite eight-player event.

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The following set was underway in a much similar path, as both players did quite well on their serves, before Federer registered the only break throughout the match in the 12th game to force a decider at 7-5.

The composed Khachanov maintained his momentum, breaking to lead 2-1 when Djokovic put a backhand into the net and showing lightning sharp reactions to put away a volley at the net as he continued to put the favourite under pressure.

Djokovic will meet Karen Khachanov for the title on Sunday.

"When you are losing, maybe you get frustrated from some calls from somebody in the crowd and maybe he was pissed, I don't know, that somebody from my box screamed on his mistake and that was the reason", Khachanov told Sky Sports afterwards. "I didn't really allow Kei to come into the match and points were kept very short at the end and when you play fast court tennis on an indoor court and you feel uncomfortable, it's hard to stop the bleeding sometimes with your opponent".

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The 22-year-old reached his first Masters 1000 showpiece after seeing off the sixth seed in 71 minutes - the same time it took Djokovic to win the first set against Federer.

"It means the world to me", said world number 18 Khachanov.

"It's one of my biggest titles so far, biggest achievement". In the 2013 semifinals, he bounced back from a set down to beat the Swiss, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. "This match could have gone either way", said Djokovic.

He improves to 4-0 in ATP World Tour title matches, having also lifted trophies in Marseille and his home capital of Moscow this year. What more can I ask for?

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

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