Djokovic hails 'most amazing' resurgence ahead of No. 1 return

Djokovic hails 'most amazing' resurgence ahead of No. 1 return

Marat Safin - to whom Karen Khachanov has often been compared - won the Paris Masters three times, but lost his first final to Andre Agassi.

Chasing his 100th career title after winning the Swiss Indoors last Sunday, the 20-time Grand Slam champion was hardly troubled. Moreover, in the third set, Djokovic tussled to stay in the tournament and broke the Croat in the eighth game which happened to be the rock-bottom for his 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 quarterfinal victory.

Djokovic is now on a 22-match winning streak, and will aim to move level with Rafael Nadal on a record 33 Masters titles.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during the final against Russia's Karen Khachanov.

Khachanov is the first Russian to win a Masters title since Nikolay Davydenko in 2009.

Khachanov, the victor at last month's Kremlin Cup in Moscow, demolished out-of-sorts fourth seed Alexander Zverev of Germany 6-1, 6-2 while Thiem knocked out defending champion Jack Sock, the 16th-seeded American, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. He deserves it. He's a young player up and coming. "Maybe I'm not crying, but still I'm really happy", he told reporters later. The 22-year-old Russian tennis player praised his opponent after the triumph.

He had to save three more break points in the seventh game to hold for 4-3 down. "My priority is London, but now I am so far into the tournament I'll just give it a go and hope things click for me". I mean, today was Novak, the one who is No. 1 in the world.

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"I don't want to talk about that". Djokovic heads into the match with full confidence as he won 30 of the last 31 matches played since the Wimbledon first round. Federer saved both break points, and Djokovic whacked his racket into the ground, drawing the first and only boos of a titanic match.

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.

"Hasn't happened too many times that I don't break a serve of anyone, especially if I have 12 break points", Djokovic said.

Khachanov, who won almost 70 per cent of points on serve on Saturday, will rise to world number 11 if he wins Sunday's final.

The 18th ranked Muscovite overpowered a third top-10 player in successive days, having hammered Alexander Zverev in the quarters and defeated John Isner in the last-16.

'And he showed great quality today and he showed why we're going to see a lot of him in the future'.

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