'When you win titles, you party like a rock star'

Ross Houston
November 5, 2018

It gave the Serb the opportunity to mark his return to the world No 1 ranking on Monday by winning a record-extending fifth Paris title in Sunday's final against the Russian Karen Khachanov, who crushed Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1.

Despite not being broken in the match, Federer's quest to become just the second man with 100 ATP titles will have to wait, as he sits on 99 with just the year-end ATP Finals left this season. 'All of a sudden they do not happen for a while.

After also being taken to three sets by Marin Cilic in Friday's quarterfinals, Djokovic's semifinal finished at around 8 p.m. local time and he felt he was unable to recover sufficiently from that draining encounter. And when they happen, you party like a rock star.

"High quality tennis. Next to the match I played against Nadal in the semis of Wimbledon".

"It depends on how I'm playing, how my body feels".

The 22-year-old beat Djokovic 7-5 6-4 in one hour and 37 minutes to end the Serb's 22-match unbeaten run.

"As I said for the French Open, I will decide at the end of the year to see how it will have an impact on my physical training".

Although Djokovic broke in the fourth game to move 3-1 up and then led 30-0 on serve, the unseeded Khachanov broke him straight back and the momentum abruptly shifted away from Djokovic.

Khachanov became the third different first-time victor of a Masters tournament this year - joining John Isner and Juan Martin del Potro - and denied Djokovic a fourth title in a row ahead of his return to world number one on Monday.

However, that didn't mean that Federer won't make him sweat and Djokovic had to endure much more than he expected in the semi-final match before he eventually won 6-7, 7-5, 6-7.

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.

"It was one of my best matches and what I'm happy about is that I was increasing my level, which shows that I'm becoming a better player", Khachanov, who reached his first Masters 1000 final, said.

He is the first Russian to win a Masters title since Nikolay Davydenko in 2009.

"I'm going to be number one tomorrow, officially". And what more can I ask for?

Khachanov added this title to the Kremlin Cup in Moscow last month for his third title of the year and fourth overall.

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