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Rolex Paris Masters: Karen Khachanov drops Novak Djokovic in the final

Novak Djokovic is no longer untouchable. 22 games that the Serb no longer had the taste of defeat, and an eighth final lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in Toronto. 87 days later, "Nole" fell again. The name of his executioner: Karen Khachanov. For his first final in Masters 1000, the Russian was not eaten by the pressure, deciding to play his luck in the face of the best player in the world at the moment on the planet tennis. Impressive serenity and worn by a shot almost infallible right, Karen Khachanov was the world No. 1 in two sets and 1h34 play (7-5, 6-4). A fourth title on the ATP circuit for the Russian, the most beautiful of his career, for those who join his compatriots Marat Safin (winner in 2000, 2002, 2004) and Nikolay Davydenko (winner in 2006) on the Paris Masters 1000 list.

We left Novak Djokovic yesterday at the end of 3:03 of a titanic fight against Roger Federer. A hard-fought victory and a riot of energy that the Serb probably paid for when he entered the court, he was looking for a fifth title at Bercy. Between undisguised frustration and short breath at the first rallies, the future world No. 1 has shown a feverishness that had left him for several months. Proof of a Djokovic in small form: only 61% of first ball in the first set and 52% of points earned on his service, far from the standards of the world No.1. A flaw that soon took advantage of Karen Khachanov.

Breaked up on his second throw (1-2), the Russian quickly got his head back and needed only two break points to make the final turn in his favor. He first took advantage of Novak Djokovic's first mistakes to clear the gap, before breaking the Serb at 5-5. Strong in arms and strong in the head, Khachanov even allows himself to let Novak Djokovic lead 0-30 when serving for the win of the first run, finally chaining three devastating strikes and a winning service to take the lead (7). -5).

In lack of tone, Novak Djokovic could do nothing to stop the steamroller Khachanov. The Russian chained and breake quickly the Serb to 2-1. A Djokovic on the brink of breaking, forcing three double-break balls to force the Russian to serve for the match. Not a problem for Kachanov who concludes serenely at the end of a controlled final from A to Z.

After John Isner, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem, Karen Khachanov ended his week this Sunday a perfect week by offering a fourth member of the top 10. A top 10 he is fast approaching, since he will be 12th player worldwide on Monday. Novak Djokovic, who could have equaled the number of titles in 1000 Masters of Rafael Nadal this afternoon (the Serb remains blocked at 32), will have something to console him tomorrow by finding for the first time in two years the throne of world tennis.


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