Will Novak Stop Roger's Push Towards 100th Title?

Will Novak Stop Roger's Push Towards 100th Title?

Will Novak Stop Roger's Push Towards 100th Title?

Novak Djokovic earned a place in tomorrow's Paris Masters final with victory over Roger Federer after what he described as "one of the best" of their matches against each other. Five months ago, it was highly improbable considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court.

Federer hit his second double fault of the match as he collapsed in the tie-break, allowing Djokovic to take the win when Federer netted a forehand.

Roger Federer of Switzerland (right) and Novak Djokovic of Serbia pose prior to their semifinal match of the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Bercy Arena in Paris, France on November 3, 2018.

Federer came agonisingly close to snapping his old rival's winning streak, but Djokovic held his nerve in the Paris Masters semifinal to make it 22 wins in a row.

Khachanov won the first set after breaking Djokovic's serve at 5-5 in the first set.

The Japanese consequently appeared to lose all composure, gifting Federer another break at the start of the second.

Federer remains one short of 100 career titles.

"I didn´t unfortunately. But I don´t want to talk about that". "In this match I think it was really intense the first couple of games and then at 4-4 when it more pressure was coming, I could break him, and then I took the lead". "And maybe I'm not crying, but still I'm really happy".

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Russia's unseeded Karen Khachanov is into his first Masters final after beating Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 in their semi-final in Paris on Saturday. "High quality tennis", Djokovic told reporters.

The missed opportunity proved costly when Federer conjured up just a second break point of the contest at 6-5, converting in style as he gambled on Djokovic going cross-court before batting a victor down the line to force a decider.

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.

A rasping serve down the tee sealed the set for the 22-year-old, with Djokovic looking flat and in need of inspiration.

'It was a big challenge, ' the Serb said as he reflected on his victory.

"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".

Fans got everything they could have hoped for- Two players with a combined 34 Grand Slam titles, 59 Masters titles, and 533 weeks at No. 1 slugging it out at a level of unrelenting yet sublime intensity.

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