Djokovic Edges Federer in Paris Thriller – After three hours and two minutes, Novak Djokovic edged past Roger Federer in a thrilling semifinal at the Paris Masters. The Serbian extended his win streak to 22 matches with a 7-6 (6) 5-7 7-6 (3) victory. The match was filled with points for the highlight reel. Federer managed to save all twelve break points faced, and hit 54 winners for the match. Going toe to toe till the end, it was only when the 37-year-old Swiss faltered with a double fault to fall behind a crucial mini-break in the final set tiebreak.
“We had epic matches throughout our rivalry but this one definitely ranks as one of the best matches we played,” said Djokovic. “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.”
Originally unscheduled to play the final ATP Masters 1000 tournament of the year, Federer decided to give it a go, opting for matches over practice and rest. The Swiss maestro will now head to London, seeking a record extending seventh title at the ATP Finals. Should he win, it will also mark his 100th career title, putting him just nine titles away from tying, and ten titles from passing, Jimmy Connors for most titles all-time on the ATP World Tour.
Federer has previously won the ATP Finals on six occasions (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011). He will be joined by Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic, and Dominic Thiem. The 20-time grand slam champion will head back to Switzerland for a couple days before making way to the O2 Arena to prepare for the final event of the season. Play begins Sunday, November 11, with the final on Sunday, November 18.