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

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       Novak Djokovic overcame a formidable examination from Marin Cilic

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Karen Khachanov produced a relentless display of aggressive hitting to end Novak Djokovic's 22-match winning run and secure his maiden Masters 1000 title at the Paris Masters.

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

Federer, chasing a 100th career title, moved a step closer to that goal with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Japan's Kei Nishikori in Friday's quarter-finals in the French capital.

He will meet Russia's Karen Khachanov in Sunday's final as he looks to pull level with Rafael Nadal on 33 career Masters titles.

Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation (R) with the winners trophy alongside runner up Novak Djokovic of Serbia after the final.

Novak Djokovic will face Karen Khachanov in the final of the Paris Masters after defeating Roger Federer in a spectacular semi-final. In the 2013 semifinals, he bounced back from a set down to beat the Swiss, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. I want to talk about how well he played all week and he absolutely deserved to win the match today.

"For the most part I can be happy, my level was good, but losing is never fun", said Federer.

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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.

Then, with Djokovic clearly breathing harder, he earned the decisive break to go 2-1 up in the second set after the Serbian pushed a weary-looking backhand into the net.

"I'm happy with the way I'm playing". Federer saved both break points, and Djokovic whacked his racket into the ground, drawing the first and only boos of a titanic match.

Federer was seeking to become only the second man after Jimmy Connors to win a century of professional tour titles following his 99th win in Basel, only to fall agonizingly short.

Djokovic, who defeated long-time rival Roger Federer in Saturday's semi-finals, came into the match searching for a 23rd successive win.

Cilic and Thiem sealed the last two spots for the season-ending ATP Finals in London, starting on November 11. "I can't foresee too much in advance but I don't think it will be my last match here".

"No idea if it was the last match", Federer replied when asked whether Saturday's loss to Djokovic could be the final time he plays in Paris. But already established player, top player. "I'm always excited to play against him, particularly because it's been a long time [since we've played] and I feel I can just go out there and see what happens", Federer said.

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