Djokovic beats Fed­erer in epic Paris semi­fi­nal

Ten­nis

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

No­vak Djokovic beat Roger Fed­erer 7-6 (6), 5-7, 7-6 (3) in an epic Paris Mas­ters semi­fi­nal last­ing three hours, fi­nally seal­ing vic­tory when Fed­erer hit a back­hand into the net af­ter saving two match points.

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.

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

Ear­lier, Khachanov con­tin­ued his strong re­cent form by beat­ing Do­minic Thiem 6-4, 6-1.

The un­seeded Khachanov broke Thiem to lead 5-4 and served out the first set.

They swapped breaks at the start of the sec­ond set then Khachanov reeled off the next five games, clinch­ing vic­tory on his first match point when the sixth-seeded Thiem chopped a shot wide.

Khachanov won the Krem­lin Cup in Moscow last month for his third ca­reer ti­tle.

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