Following Saturday’s epic semifinal between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, it was Russia’s Karen Khachanov who stole the show on Sunday, as he secured the biggest title of his young career with a 7-5, 6-4 triumph over Djokovic in the finals of the Rolex Paris Masters.
“It means the world to me,” said Khachanov. “I couldn’t be happier to finish the season like this.”
The attention was all on Djokovic entering Sunday, coming off a thrilling win over Federer the day before and his reclaiming the No. 1 world ranking. But Khachanov played clinical tennis in the final, rallying from 1-3 down in the first set and never looking back.
An early break in the second set allowed Khachanov to finish out the match on his serve.
“I want to talk about how well he played all week,” said Djokovic. “He absolutely deserved to win the match today. So all the credit to him. He deserves it. He’s a young player up and coming. But already an established player, a top player. And he showed great quality today and he showed why we’re going to see a lot of him in the future.”