US Open and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic is unbeaten in 21 matches
07 November, 2018, 08:19
"And in general, it's a breakthrough season", said Khachanov, who also won the Kremlin Cup in Moscow last month.
'To finish my season like this is a dream, ' Khachanov told the crowd in the AccorHotels Arena, after taking the biggest title of his career. "Hopefully health-wise, physically I'll be fine in a week's time when it all starts in London (ATP Tour Finals)". "I'm just really proud of myself that I could be in this list of winners".
"I know Novak's on a hot streak so I think it's going to be tough". That's the first thing.
"I need to keep on working with my team and to improve day by day and to compete with guys like Novak at the biggest tournaments more consistently".
"And I saw that my level is there".
Fans got everything they could have hoped for- Two players with a combined 34 Grand Slam titles, 59 Masters titles, and 533 weeks at No. 1 slugging it out at a level of unrelenting yet sublime intensity.
The 22-year-old reached his first Masters 1000 showpiece after seeing off the sixth seed in 71 minutes - the same time it took Djokovic to win the first set against Federer.
No8 in the Race, Dominic Thiem, could do no more: He beat Paris's defending champion Jack Sock in a fine three-set comeback, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
The 1.98m Khachanov secured a break for 2-1 with a crunching backhand pass down the line that Djokovic could only net on the half-volley.
In a 47th meeting between the two greats, the stubborn Djokovic simply refused to be beaten as he eked out a fourth successive victory over Federer in a tiebreak decider after three compelling hours.
Djokovic, who had complained of competing with flu-like symptoms in his previous matches this week, was proud and relieved to repel a wonderful challenge from Federer, who appeared close to his imperious best.
"I don't want to talk about that". Five months ago, it was highly improbable considering my ranking and the way I played and felt on the court.
'So all the credit to him. He deserves it. He's a young player... up-and-coming. But already, an established player, top player. He took exception to some comments made in Khachanov's box and spoke to his opponent at the end of the first set.
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