Rising Russian star Karen Khachanov didn't hide his enormous happiness after stunning 14-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in the Paris Masters final. The 22-year-old handed a straight-set defeat to the second-seeded Serb 7-5 6-4 to win his maiden Masters 1000 title.
The Russian recovered from an early break down as he broke the 31-year-old in the fifth and 11th game to win the opener. Khachanov broke Djokovic in the third game of the second set and then comfortably held on to his serve the rest of the way to seal the win.
The Russian has made amends for the loss he suffered to the Serb in their first meeting this past July. Djokovic, the 2018 Wimbledon champion, beat Khachanov in the round-of-16 on his way to winning it all The All England Club.
Despite the Paris final loss, Djokovic will replace Rafael Nadal as the world No. 1 this Monday. "This means the world to me. I couldn't be happier to finish the season like this. Winning a Masters 1000 (title) against the world number 1," Khachanov said post-match, per Jose Morgado.
Khachanov, who is enjoying his career-high ranking of No. 18 in the world, is set to continue his ranking rise and climb up to his new career-high of No. 11. "I want to keep working on my game, day by day to be more consistent," Khachanov added.