The younger tennis generation takes another step to becoming tennis greats. Karen Khachanov stunned Novak Djokovic in the final of the Paris ATP Masters, 7-5, 6-4 to earn his biggest career title.
Unforgettable week here in Paris ???????????? Unbelievable emotions????????Thanks to my team and family for all the hard work and support!????????????????And I want to thank again everyone for your messages,kind words and wishes????????????@RolexPMasters pic.twitter.com/QKgrIYwL8F— Karen Khachanov (@karenkhachanov) November 4, 2018
The 22-year-old denied Djokovic his record-tying 33rd ATP Masters title, defeating three other Top-10 players on the way to the title: Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and John Isner. This is the first time a Russian has won the tournament since Nikolay Davydekno in 2006.
Despite a disappointing loss for Djokovic, losing the title did not affect his newly-acquired No. 1 ranking. With Rafael Nadal pulling out of London, Djokovic gets to keep the top spot through the end of the year.
For Khachanov, it's a big trophy added to his growing collection, coming just a month after winning the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. This is his third title of the year and his fourth overall.
I'd like to express my thanks to Paris and #nolefam for this part of an unforgettable journey. An honor to play in @RolexPMasters finals once more. Congrats to @karenkhachanov, big matches to come from him.— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) November 4, 2018
On to the next challenge in London, see you guys there ???? #Idemooo pic.twitter.com/xDTIxjxEFW
Khachanov is on the verge of breaking into the Top 10 as he rose to No. 11.