Novak Djokovic edges epic semi-final clash against Roger Federer in Paris

Khachanov hammers ailing Zverev in Paris Masters

Khachanov hammers ailing Zverev in Paris Masters

Four-time victor Novak Djokovic edged Swiss veteran Roger Federer in full sets in a spotlight semifinal duel to set up his encounter against unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov at the ATP Paris Masters here on Saturday.

"What I'm happy about is that each match I think I was increasing the level".

Twelve straight holds would send the first set into a tiebreak, which Djokovic won after Federer squandered a set point.

"Along with the Wimbledon semi-final against Nadal, it's surely the most exciting match this season".

Federer battled admirably to stay on serve in the second set, as Djokovic had chances to break in multiple different games, and Djokovic appeared in control of the match.

Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam victor seeking his 100th career title, will face Serbia's world No. 2 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.

"I didn't unfortunately. But I don't want to talk about that", Djokovic said.

Karen Khachanov saved two match points against John Isner on his way to defeating the eighth-seeded American 6-4, 6-7 (9/11), 7-6 (10/8). "I'm really pleased to overcome this kind of challenge".

Federer defeated Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-3 as the Swiss great moved three wins away from his 100th career title.

Djokovic will replace Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings on Monday, but was unable to match the Spaniard's tally of Masters triumphs ahead of the season-ending ATP Finals in London.

World number 18 Khachanov will rise to world number 11 on Monday and becomes the first Russian since Nikolay Davydenko in 2009 to win a Masters 1000 title.

"I stepped in more inside the court", Khachanov said.

Khachanov continued his high level early in the second set and secured the crucial break in the third game as a rattled Djokovic struggled to come to terms with the weight and accuracy of shot coming from the other end of the court.

"It was a very intense match", Djokovic said.

Djokovic reeled off six successive points to bring up five match points, clinching victory at the third attempt when Federer picked out the net to end a tense concluding rally.

Earning his fourth straight win over a top-10 player this week, Khachanov, a victor at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow last month, picked up the biggest title of his burgeoning career.

The Russian player, who named Marat Safin, a former Russian tennis star as his hero and inspiration, was born in Moscow on 21 May 1996. And what more can I ask for?

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