Djokovic sets up Khachanov showdown after Federer thriller

Novak Djokovic just beat Roger Federer in one of the best tennis matches you'll see all year

Novak Djokovic described his return to the world number one ranking as a "phenomenal achievement" on Thursday as he and old rival Roger Federer coasted into the Paris Masters quarter-finals.

Russian Karen Khachanov defeated Novak Djokovic with 7-5, 6-4 in Paris Masters final on Sunday, breaking the Serb's 22-match win streak.

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

After the two players held their serves for 4-all, Khachanov broke for the first time before bagging the first set 6-4.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during the final against Russia's Karen Khachanov. He took exception to some comments made in Khachanov's box and spoke to his opponent at the end of the first set.

Earlier, Khachanov continued his strong recent form by beating Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1.

"I hope I play better than in Cincinnati because I really didn't play well", Federer said.

The 22-year-old, ranked at number 18 in the world, simply refused to allow the new world number one to settle in the showpiece encounter.

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Then, with Djokovic clearly breathing harder, he earned the decisive break to go 2-1 up in the second set after the Serbian pushed a weary-looking backhand into the net. "I'm just really proud of myself that I could be in this list of winners". "He absolutely deserved to win the match today".

Djokovic, who beat Khachanov on the way to winning the Wimbledon title this summer, is seeking a record-extending fifth Paris Masters title.

"I was thinking, 'OK, (Djokovic) has, I don't know, 70 titles and I have three, '" Khachanov said.

"I don't want to talk about that (fatigue)".

Djokovic, the reigning Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion, will nevertheless return to the No. 1 ranking in men's tennis when the list is announced on November 5. Federer is two wins shy of his 100th career title.

The four-time victor of Paris title having reigned in 2009 and 2013-15, will return to the year-end top spot for a fifth time in the ATP Rankings tomorrow.

Thiem, age 25, has recorded 50+ match wins for the second time in his career: 53-17, courtesy of three titles in Buenos Aires, Lyon, and St Petersburg. "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". But already an established player, a top player.

"He deserves his trophy and I am sure we will see a lot of great matches from him in the future", he said.

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