Djokovic beats Federer in epic Paris semifinal
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.