Djokovic Outlasts Federer In Epic, Will Face Khachanov For Paris Title
by Staff | November 3rd, 2018, 5:28 pm
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Novak Djokovic continued his dominance of the ATP Tour, outlasting Roger Federer in a thrilling semifinal at the Paris Masters tonight 7-6(6), 5-7, 7-6(3) in just over three hours.

Djokovic never broke serve in the match going 0/12 on break chances, but in the final set breaker was the far steadier player while Federer offered up a double fault and multiple errors.

“We had epic matches throughout our rivalry but this one definitely ranks as one of the best matches we played,” said Djokovic who is now 25-22 against Federer. “High quality tennis. Next to the match I played against Nadal in the semis of Wimbledon, this was definitely the most exciting match I was playing this year, and probably the best quality tennis match that I was part of.

“It was also expected, because when I get to play Roger, I know I have to get the best out of myself in order to win. And that’s why our rivalries and matches are so special.”

Djokovic ran his win streak to 22 and with a title tomorrow, he would virtually wrap up the year-end No. 1 ranking. He’s also won the last four against the Swiss and eight of their last 10.

Federer, who was making his first appearance at an event in Paris in years, came up just short of a 100th career title, and now can no longer finish the season No. 1.

“It’s intense. It’s good tennis. We care about winning. We don’t like losing. So I can tell you that right now,” Federer said. “Losing is never fun, so that’s why I guess I have this face right now.”

Djokovic will face the surprising first-time Masters finalist Karen Khachanov who resumed his torrid play cruising past Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1.

“What I’m happy about is that each match I think I was increasing the level. That shows that I’m improving in my consistency, I’m becoming a better player, playing from the beginning of the tournament better and better, so that’s a good thing,” said Khachanov who now has three Top 10 wins this week. “In this match I think it was really intense the first couple of games and then at 4-4 when it more pressure was coming, I could break him, and then I took the lead.”

Djokovic won the only meeting with the Russian at Wimbledon in straight sets.

“I think especially the second part of the year I’m playing really my best tennis. I’m having the best season, so far,” Khachanov said. “I’m confident and I’m in the final, so I’m really happy about it.”

Djokovic is bidding for his fifth Paris title, 33rd overall Masters, 73rd of his career and fifth of 2018. The 22-year-old Khachanov is seeking his biggest title and third of his career.


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58 Comments for Djokovic Outlasts Federer In Epic, Will Face Khachanov For Paris Title

chofer Says:

Great match by their so-so standards. Rogers still a step lower than I saw him last year, hence he lives or die by playing ever so close to the net (next time, he will transform the court in a ping-pong table) Djoko not working his serve and having flu symptoms. Not that surgical But magnificent anyway.
I still don’t see why everyone trusts Thiem on HC. I love him, but even though he’s steping closer to the baseline, his FH and BH mechanics don’t fit faster surfaces. He’s just a lovable version of Muster and I’m sorry.

Khachanov will be dangerous to a tired Nole. But if anyone has the tools to defend bombs and counterpunch, it’s him.
Interesting final.


Wog Boy Says:

Interesting stats, considerin that 37 years old is the best grass court and indoor player of his era Nole still holds better h2h on both surfaces, 2:1 on grass and even better on indoor, 7:4 in Nole favour.!

Congratulations to Karen on the first masters title, nice bloke and quite achiver.


chofer Says:

WB

I too have a feeling he’ll win. But with the “escapist” you never know.


Wog Boy Says:

“Losing is never fun, so that’s why I guess I have this face right now.”

No mate, you have that face because you lost to Nole and not just because you lost the match, more painful is that you know how close you were to winning the match, it faken hurts, no?


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks chofer, I really wouldn’t mind him winning and I mean it.


chofer Says:

WB

Don’t be so harsh on a 37 years old (I want to see Nole and everyone else at that age) Having said that, EVERYONE knew a third set TB would be dangerous to him as he has lately a habit of playing like crap those.


chofer Says:

This was like the inverse match he played agaisnt Delpo at IW (Delpo shoulda won in two sets) Here, he played better against a visible erratic rival. Could have won in two, but agaisnt the likes of Rafa and Nole you have to pull the trigger fast.
Still. he played the last TB rushed, like his tank was running out of gasoline. So many UFEs. I believe he needs to win his matches in two at this point of his career, and whn the going gets tough, he mindlessly attacks and attacks and he’s not having that extra step to land all of his shots in. It’s an age thing.


Wog Boy Says:

chofer, I sincerely hope and believe tha Nole won’t stay that long on tour, and I am just teasing.
If he manages to finish year as number One it will be unparalleled achievement considering that he was outside top 20 just five months ago, that’ll do to me as a fan. I didn’t wanto him to go out as a wimp with his tail between his legs and that’s exactly what he was doing until Vajda and Gebhard Gritsch agree to come back but under certain conditions, Nole didn’t have a choice but to accept them since he hit rock bottom.
Lot of people don’t know that Gebhard Gritsch is not just a fitness coach, the man has master and PhD degree from Vienna university, he was Thomas Muster success too.
Nole is different personality to 37 years old, very different, he won’t be hanging around at the age of 37, that’s for sure.


Wog Boy Says:

^^^ behind Thomas Muster success


chofer Says:

WB

I’ll take your word. I still think it’s a little bit too much to ask someone at the age of 37 the accuracy of a 5 yeras old younger opponent. Perhaps, Federer still thinks he’s competitive and who would blame him? he’s still number 3 in the world! And probably end the year there. He’ll know when “enough is enough” (perhaps these kind of matches help him to decide?)

As for Nole, I agree it’s unvelievable what he’s done the last semester. I might add he didn’t need to play his best ALL the time to do it. Rafa has had a little of bad luck with that knees, the youngsters are DOA at Grand Slams, yet. That’s scarier, frankly.

The odd thing is that a 21 years-old is complaining about the schedule! You said whaaat? Get a grip, Sasha!! Who’s the wimp here?


skeezer Says:

Embarrassing win. 3rd set TB? Really? Should have been easy to beat an over the hill 37 yr old.
Also comparing stats against a 37 yr old is embarrassing. At least he didn’t blame the Flu for his win.


Wog Boy Says:

Agree chofer, Lady Luck was with Nole few times, but I believe that’s the rule of the life that at the end of career everything evens out.
As for Sasha, don’t like him a bit, not his tennis but his personality and arrogance.


chofer Says:

WB

Well, that’s telling. Because, so far, he’s the next-genner closer to the top. I’m a Tsitsipas devotee right now. Jury still out on him, too. I mean, the younger ones are the ones supposedly taking what the erratic elders are still having!! That’s the rule of tennis I know since 30 years of watching cycles ending and beginning. But they’re not doing it. What I mean is that we’re not suppose to be mad at the elders. By no means are Federer, Djokovic or Nadal still getting Masters 1000s or Grand Slams like collecting fans. They all are past 30 and everything they’ll having is a plus.

And I know 30 is the new 25, but still. Where are the rest? I think the “Next-Gen” Masters is addressing this problem eye to eye. They have to invent something that never existed before to get these under-developed youngsters to win a “Biggie” that nobody cares about!


Wog Boy Says:

Chofer,
I guess it’s difference in upbringing, I cannot explain it any other way. They want everything and they want it now, when it doesn’t happen they give up, too much of virtual world in their lives.


chofer Says:

“I guess it’s difference in upbringing”

yeah, agree. Maybe too much money too soon, but that could have been applied to very different personalities like Sampras and Agassi in the early 90s, too. So must be something else. And I’m aware the aforementioned trio is TOO GOOD, or otherwise they wouldn’t be mentioned among GOATs, but I’m not looking for champions right now. Just consistency. Perhaps another Delpo. Someone with the youth and health to consistently challenge the status quo, even if that doesn’t mean winning Slams here and there. They have the talent (Zverev, Tsitsipas, Shapovalov, Khachanov) Does they have the consistency? That requires some competitive mentality week in, week out. Not complaining about schedules at 21! That’s the question.


Nolefam Says:

Great comments. Idemo Nole


super wings Says:

Djokovic and Federer have played 47 times to date.

All matches: Djokovic, 25–22
Grand Slam matches: Djokovic, 9–6
ATP World Tour Finals matches: Djokovic, 3–2
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 matches: Djokovic, 11–9
Best of three set matches: Djokovic, 16–15
Best of five set matches: Djokovic, 9–7
Matches lasting five sets: Djokovic, 3–0
Winning the match after losing 1st set: Djokovic, 7–1
All finals: Djokovic, 12–6
Grand Slam finals: Djokovic, 3–1
ATP World Tour Finals finals: Djokovic, 2–0
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals: Djokovic, 5–3
ATP World Tour 500 series finals: Tied, 2–2
All sets: Federer, 70–67
Deciding sets: Djokovic, 13–5
Tiebreak sets: Tied, 12–12
Deciding Tiebreaks: Djokovic, 3–0
Results on each court surface Edit
Clay courts: Tied, 4–4
Hard courts: Djokovic, 19–17
Outdoor: Tied, 13–13
Indoor: Djokovic, 6–4
Grass courts: Djokovic, 2–1


Margot Says:

chofer: But Fed just doesn’t “think he is competitive,” he IS competitive! There he is in another Masters semi. And, if he can’t beat Nole, well who can at the moment?
Really like the way KK is improving his game BTW.Top 10 next year, is a cinch I’d say.


J-Kath Says:

Well done, Guys + Gal – enjoyed reading all exchanges – mostly thoughtful and fair. Recognition of Roger’s age relative to his peers is often ignored – because he still plays with authority – but, the old maxim of “the spirit is willing but the body is weak” is a harbinger of the future – however, I believe that if Roger remains healthy he’ll be playing at the next Olympics – that elusive singles gold may well be a target for him.


AndyMira Says:

I don’t think Khachanov can trouble Nole much tonight…Maybe a tight 1st set…75 76..and an easy 2nd sets…Or it’s possible too Nole will win easily both sets,this is Khachanov 1st Masters 1000 final after all…He maybe feel a little bit overwhelmed by it…and of coz by his opponent greatness too…I think Nole will eat him for dinner!….


Giles Says:

I think it’s become mental between these two now


fred stone Says:

Who broke his racket in the semis?
Who fell on his ass trying to hit a ball during a rally?
Who was snarling and chirping at the crowd?
Who celebrated like a mad man before the handshake at the net?


Margot Says:

Nole is the present.
KK is the future.


Margot Says:

Wow. KK 💘
Nole seems gassed.


Van orten Says:

It all comes down to the winner ue ratio. Djoker only has 5 winners so far but still it is so close because he almost never makes the simple error .


skeezer Says:

The old man apparently took the gas out of Novak. Don’t know why, he is an old man, 37 and was expected to lose. However the Egg couldn’t help him this time.

Seriously, KK looks stronger, is stronger, and makes Djoker look puny. Predicted. Congrats to the stronger man who doesn’t provoke spectators.

One thing that is great with this new gen is they don’t bounce the ball forever or take a forever to line up and serve the ball. Well done!


Van Persie Says:

Well done KK, you just beat the tomorrow’s Nr. 1;)

Happy that Nole was stubborn enough yesterday :)
A good week, hehe


tennismonger Says:

Finally!

Somebody just STEPS UP!


Van Persie Says:

Karen just showed the old guy and Cilic how to beat a sick champion, Skeezer;)


Van Persie Says:

Karen is soo hot. Such a lovely smile


Humble Rafa Says:

Congratulations to Jennifer. She showed what she is made of.

Note to Staff: Suggested Headline – “Karen wins WTA Paris”


Humble Rafa Says:

Karen is soo hot. Such a lovely smile

Not very often women look at other women this way. Jennifer is a special girl.


Van Persie Says:

^^ you are mistaken HR, you have so many women fans of iron ballerina ;)
Just kidding


Margot Says:

Wow! The future suddenly arrived. KK was terrific, such a cool demeanour on court too. Clearly Nole was way below par KK still had to win and do it in style.
He’s 22 and married :0 Blimey a bit young.
HR @12.01
Lol.


skeezer Says:

HR,
re: 12:01 Ok you finally got me to laugh. Good one:) You are batting 1 out of 1000 for me though…which won’t make it at your local comedy store.


Truth Says:

Fed fanboy is bitter as hell.
“Excuses”. Is that what you blared?! Hey, at least the number 1 was tired from winning so often.
When was Fed in the midst of a 22 match win streak? 14 years ago?

Everything stinks except when Djoker is down and out, right, Fed fanboy?
According to weak crying Fed fanboys, Fed was “old” for 10 years. How pathetic. That explains “one surface” wonder Nadal destroyed him on grass and hardcourt until this year. LMAO


Forehand_lob Says:

Now that Khachanov has won a Master’s title, I look forward to all the commentators asking why he hasn’t won a Grand Slam yet, like they have been with Zverev.


Van orten Says:

Why don’t you see the nice side … djoker won his fist masters against number 1 roger in 2007
Now kk wins it against number one djoker his first masters .. nole was very happy for him … that was very cool to watch


skeezer Says:

Re; 1.10 post
You seem bitter over Djokes loss. No need to blame it on the old man. Fed softened him up, KK finished the job. No provoking the spectators this time. LMAO


J-Kath Says:

Forehand_lob: An article yesterday quoted Zverev as commenting that too much was expected of players – almost “forcing” them to enter too many contests to keep a high ranking. I would imagine that Zverev is feeling additional pressure given his new connection with Lendl – needs to show he’s benefitting???


chofer Says:

Goof for Khachanov, congrats! Last month, some friends asked me how Delpo, carryinf a flu virys, could have lost against Bashilashvili in Shangai F. I said: “Can’t you see he’s tired? He can’t move”.

Nothing against Karen who deservedly won and I said yesterday he could. But let’s call an apple an apple, shall we?

And Forehand_lob, you’re having reading comprehension problems? Adress me directly, Sir. I’m looking for consistency in the youngsters, NOT Slams. Read again.

In other news, a very young Tomas Berdych won this event in 2005 and I remember everyone was saying he would challenge Nadal and Federer. I think the Russian has a better mind. Just let not get carried away. The Paris Masters, with their multiple surprise winners, hasn’t been a harbinger of “future Nº1s exactly”, but a step is a step.

Margot: You’re right. Federer IS competitive. I wanted to express he’s still number three, so that affirmation responded quite itself.


chofer Says:

Good, carrying, virus. Damn typos.


chofer Says:

I meant Beijing, not Shangai. Too early in the morning here. I need coffee.


chris ford1 Says:

If you had given Djokovic a choice of: (1)winning Paris-Bercey and not face Federer, or (2) face Fed with both guys under the weather equalized by it – and fighting toe to toe and beating him, and be RUP and return to #1 in either case?
I think Djokovic wants the 2nd option.
He’s a fairly bright guy even if he goes to the beat of a different drum and knows what people remember are the rivalries and classic matches vs. stats.
RUPs, making QFs and semis – that is what the Big 4 distinguished itself by – the consistency. RUPs should not be looked at as “failures”, but accomplishments. Djokovic is 32-15 in Masters Finals, 5-1 in ATP Championship finals, and 14-9 in Slam Finals.
Andy, BTW, should not be dissed for his 3 titles because of the “shame” of 8 RUPs.
Or all the times Fed and Novak got their little RUP plate when Rafa ruled..
But the ATP Finals are big. Both Fed and Novak should be in better health and Fed wants #100 on a big stage and going up 7-5 on Novak on titles there. Neither guy will be happy with RUP or less at that venue.


Forehand_lob Says:

chofer, I wasn’t addressing anything you wrote. I was making a comment that articles by the professional tennis writers (Pete Bodo, Steve Tignor, etc.) have constantly held Zverev’s lack of a Slam title against him. It used to be “he hasn’t made the second week of a grand slam” and then when he made the quarterfinals of the French Open it immediately turned into them complaining “he hasn’t won a Grand Slam.”


Wog Boy Says:

———
fred stone Says:
Who broke his racket in the semis?
Who fell on his ass trying to hit a ball during a rally?
Who was snarling and chirping at the crowd?
Who celebrated like a mad man before the handshake at the net?
———

Sour grapes….sour grapes….25:22 and 7:4 indoors…

And the winner is …..No1e


fred stone Says:

No sour grapes at all, wog. Just pointing out who the real arrogant a-hole is, and that is Djoker.
I enjoy watching Fed, win or lose.
Too bad you abandoned your hero months ago.
#Hypocrite


SG1 Says:

When you lose a match without your serve being broken against the best returner in the history of the game, chances are you were really competitive.

Federer adjusted his strategy using the slice to keep the ball very low against Novak which prevented Novak from teeing off and going for crazy angles. Also, Federer served really well until the final set breaker.

When they’re both healthy and sharp, there just isn’t much between them even now. I agree that neither of them was at their very best. This being said, players are rarely at their best by the time they get to the finals.


Wog Boy Says:

“ I enjoy watching Fed, win or lose.”

And you enjoy rubbishing the other two.
Yes, definitely soure grapes, 25:22, 7:4.
If you haven’t notice, the place they play is not church or library, it is tennis court where two gladiators are trying to win the match and they are allowed to show emotions and let the steam out.
Only blind followers (cult members) don’t criticise their leader.
Enjoy the rest of the day/night:)
#Fanatic


skeezer Says:

“And you enjoy rubbishing the other two.”
Says the guy who trashes Fed regularly.
#busted


Wog Boy Says:

Good to see that you are feeling better, you sounded very disturbed last couple of days.
“Busted” for what, for something I enjoy doing, having a go at 37 years old and his fanatics?!
It was crushing defeat, it still faken hurts, no?
You’ll Get over it, don’t worry, like 24 previous times;)


Daniel Says:

Paris seems to always bring new winners. KK send a mesaage that he is here to stay. Just think he is too bulk, i am afraid he may be injury quite a lot hipe not because he has all the tools to be with Zverev and co a constant at top 10 starting in 1-2 years time.

Djoko got what he wanted, secure Year End #1 and a great win pver Fed. More than ready for London with ealry roudns having a day rest in between. Now that nadal out him and Fed on separare groups. Could face in semis, depending on results or finals.


fred stone Says:

The expert says: “I don’t watch atp…”
I like numbers too.

20
310

#HaveAnotherDrink


SG1 Says:

Best match we’ll never see:

2011 Djokovic against 2017 Indian Wells Federer


SG1 Says:

Novak at his very best, is pretty much impregnable. The question in my mind is, can a 37 year old Federer figure out a way through Novak the way he did with Rafa in 2017. I’ve written off Federer many times before and I won’t do it again. I thought he was done winning majors in ’09.

Federer did try out some different tactics in the Paris final than he had used in the past and it seemed to make a dent. The question is, can Fed and Ljuby add a couple of more wrinkles while Federer is still young enough to employ them.


SG1 Says:

I also wonder why Federer doesn’t take a couple of steps back on Novak’s serve.


mat4 Says:

@SG1:

Because of the kick to the BH, and, in general, of the serve to the backhand.


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