Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
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Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer to meet in mouth-watering Paris semi-final

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer to meet in mouth-watering Paris semi-final

'I think the level was good from my side', the 37-year-old admitted.

Chasing his 100th career title after winning the Swiss Indoors last Sunday, the 20-time Grand Slam champion was hardly troubled.

With 10 break points wasted, Djokovic forced another two at 4-4, when Federer saved both the Djokovic response was to smash the racket into the arena floor while his opponent closed out the game to move within a game of the match and a first win over the Serb since 2015.

Brimming with confidence in a season which has seen him go from No. 22 in the rankings in May to No. 1 when they are released on Monday, and in which he also added the U.S. Open to his Grand Slam haul, Djokovic created pressure throughout.

Djokovic briefly let his volatile temper get the better of him, though, when he had Federer at 15-40 down in the ninth game of the deciding set. You can feel it.

"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".

"Hasn't happened too many times that I don't break a serve of anyone, especially if I have 12 break points", Djokovic said.

When they hugged at the net, Federer gave Djokovic a pat on the chest and then walked off quickly, raising a thumb to the crowd as fans roared their approval.


The pair traded a couple of routine holds before heading into the tie-break where Djokovic prevailed against a tentative Federer, who led 4-2 with the first mini-break and fired a forehand into the net with the court open in front of him.

"What I'm happy about is that each match I think I was increasing the level". It's better than last week in Basel.

"So that's all right".

The only consolation for Cilic was booking a place in the ATP Finals in London later this month courtesy of Nishikori's loss.

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. "I'm really pleased to overcome this kind of challenge". But the tournament is not over.

And he is slightly anxious about the strength of Khachanov's serve ahead of the final. "I mean, I'm looking forward to play finals tomorrow", said the 18th-ranked Russian.

Thiem, the French Open finalist, came from behind to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 against Jack Sock, who won the title in Paris previous year.

Watch the Paris Masters come to a conclusion with coverage of the final underway on Sky Sports Action from 2pm.

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