Russia’s Karen Khachanov defeated to be named world number one Novak Djokovic to clinch his first Masters 1000 title at the Paris Masters.
Khachanov took a time of one hour and 37 minutes to beat the Djokovic 7-5 6-4.
The 22-year old has thus ended Djokovic’s 22-match unbeaten run which is a surprise to many.
The Serbian despite the loss will still overtake Rafael Nadal at the top of the world rankings on Monday.
Fourteen-time grand slam champion, Djokovic has been exceptional this year and rightly deserves the number one spot.
“It means the world to me,” said world number 18 Khachanov.
“It’s one of the biggest titles in my career so far. I couldn’t be happier to end the season like this,
to win against Novak Djokovic, the number one in the world.”
Russia’s Karen Khachanov
Khachanov will move to world number 11 on Monday and becomes the first Russian since Nikolay Davydenko in 2009 to win a Masters 1000 title.
He hit 31 winners as he pulled off one of the shocks of the tennis year in his final tournament of the season.
Djokovic, who has been suffering from flu-like symptoms all week, added:
“I don’t feel too good today but I’d like to give respect to Karen for playing a great match today and he deserves to win.
“He deserves his trophy and I am sure we will see a lot of great matches from him in the future.”
Victory would have marked Djokovic’s fifth Paris Masters title but that wasn’t the case.
The serbian was not given a chance to settle into Sunday’s match and was undone when
Khachanov broke his serve at 5-5 before going on to win the first set.
Khachanov broke early in the second set and threw away three further break points in the seventh game.
Despite this, he was able to capitalize on his advantage and kept put for the win.
The Russian showed power, composure and resilience to win the title, and due to this, will move up to number 11 in the rankings.
Djokovic may not have been in peak physical condition after contesting that three hour semi-final with Roger Federer,
but what a scalp for Khachanov to take in his first Masters final.
Before today, the Serb had lost only one of the 32 matches he had played since the start of Wimbledon.
It will always be a memorable tourney for Khachanov for having a nice outing at the Paris Masters.