Djokovic beats Fed­erer in epic Paris semi­fi­nal

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No­vak Djokovic beat Roger Fed­erer 7-6 (6), 5-7, 7-6 (3) in an epic Paris Masters semi­fi­nal last­ing three hours, af­ter Fed­erer saved two match points on Satur­day.

Djokovic’s fourth straight win over Fed­erer and 25th in 47 con­tests sends him into the fi­nal against un­seeded Rus­sian Karen Khachanov, who has never played in a Masters fi­nal.

“This is my best match of the year, that’s for sure. Big re­spect to Roger,” Djokovic said, ad­dress­ing the crowd in French. “When­ever I play Roger he de­mands the best of me.”

Fed­erer re­mains one short of 100 ca­reer ti­tles.

“When you lose a close match like this you al­ways have re­grets,” he said. “Los­ing is never fun, so that’s why I guess I have this face right now.”

Ashleigh Barty ral­lied ● from a set down to beat de­fend­ing cham­pion Ju­lia Go­erges 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the semi­fi­nals of the WTA Elite Tro­phy in China. The Aus­tralian will face Wang Qiang, who beat Gar­bine Mugu­ruza 6-2, 6-0, in Sun­day’s fi­nal.

Gym­nas­tics

Biles wins 4th gold of worlds: Si­mone Biles is head­ing home with a fist­ful of gold medals.

The Amer­i­can star won the floor ex­er­cise at the world gym­nas­tics cham­pi­onships in Qatar and added a bronze on bal­ance beam to wrap up a re­mark­able meet in which she com­peted while bat- tling a kid­ney stone.

The Olympic cham­pion won six medals in all at the As­pire Dome, in­clud­ing gold in the team fi­nal, the all-around and the vault to go with the bronze on beam as well as a sil­ver medal on un­even bars.

Fig­ure Skat­ing

Zag­i­tova claims gold: Olympic cham­pion Alina Zag­i­tova of Rus­sia re­turned to gold medal­win­ning form in the Helsinki stage of the fig­ure skat­ing Grand Prix se­ries.

Zag­i­tova was a sur­pris­ing fifth place at the world cham­pi­onships, but she ap­peared en­tirely as­sured ex­cept for awk­wardly land­ing the sec­ond half of a triple lutz-triple toe loop.

Fel­low Rus­sian Stanislava Kon­stanti­nova won her first Grand Prix medal with sil­ver, and Ja­pan’s Kaori Sakamoto pow­ered to a bronze af­ter start­ing the day in sev­enth place.

Box­ing

Rakhi­mov elected: An Uzbek busi­ness­man who has been ac­cused of ties to or­ga­nized crime was elected pres­i­dent of the ama­teur box­ing as­so­ci­a­tion, put­ting the sport on a col­li­sion course with the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee.

The IOC crit­i­cized Ga­fur Rakhi­mov’s bid to be­come head of AIBA, and it has yet to con­firm box­ing is on the pro­gram for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The IOC has threat­ened to host an Olympic box­ing tour­na­ment with­out AIBA, cut­ting off the fi­nan­cially trou­bled fed­er­a­tion from a key fund­ing source.

Rakhi­mov said AIBA can re­pair re­la­tions with the IOC, but didn’t give de­tails.

VADIM GHIRDA AP

Gold medal­ist Si­mone Biles per­forms on the floor in the ap­pa­ra­tus fi­nals of the Gym­nas­tics World Cham­pi­onships on Satur­day at the As­pire Dome in Doha, Qatar.

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