Paris Masters: Karen Khachanov defeats Novak Djokovic in ultimate
Russia’s Karen Khachanov defeated incoming world primary Novak Djokovic to win his first Masters 1000 title on the Paris Masters.
The 22-year-old beat Djokovic 7-5 6-Four in a single hour and 37 minutes to finish the Serb’s 22-match unbeaten run.
Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic, 31, will nonetheless overtake Rafael Nadal on the high of the world rankings on Monday.
“It means the world to me,” mentioned world quantity 18 Khachanov.
“It is one of many largest titles in my profession up to now. I could not be happier to finish the season like this, to win in opposition to Novak Djokovic, the primary on this planet.”
Khachanov will rise to world quantity 11 on Monday and turns into the primary Russian since Nikolay Davydenko in 2009 to win a Masters 1000 title.
He hit 31 winners as he pulled off one of many shocks of the tennis 12 months in his ultimate event of the season.
Djokovic, who has been affected by flu-like signs all week, added: “I do not really feel too good at the moment however I would like to provide respect to Karen for enjoying an important match at the moment and he deserves to win.
“He deserves his trophy and I’m positive we are going to see a variety of nice matches from him sooner or later.”
Victory would have marked Djokovic’s fifth Paris Masters title however he was not allowed to settle into Sunday’s match and was undone when Khachanov broke his serve at 5-5 earlier than occurring to win the primary set.
Khachanov broke early within the second set and threw away three additional break factors within the seventh recreation, however was capable of capitalise on his benefit and maintain on for the win.
BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller
Marat Safin – to whom Karen Khachanov has usually been in contrast – received the Paris Masters thrice, however misplaced his first ultimate to Andre Agassi.
He went on to win the Australian Open and the US Open, and Khachanov appears to have the important thing substances required to comply with in his footsteps.
The Russian confirmed energy, composure and endurance to win the title, and because of this will transfer as much as quantity 11 within the rankings.
Djokovic could not have been in peak bodily situation after contesting that three hour semi-final with Roger Federer, however what a scalp for Khachanov to soak up his first Masters ultimate.
Earlier than at the moment, the Serb had misplaced solely one of many 32 matches he had performed because the begin of Wimbledon.