Former French six-time ATP champion Fabrice Santoro enjoyed every second of the Paris Masters semi-final showdown between Serb Novak Djokovic and Swiss Roger Federer. Djokovic, who will be the new No. 1 when the ATP list gets updated on Monday, edged out Federer 7-6 (6) 5-7 7-6 (3) in just over three hours of action.
Second-seeded Djokovic saved a set point during the first set tie-break, before he converted his first set point to clinch the opener. However, third-seeded Federer kept his focus as he won a tight second set to force a decider -- but still fell short of a big comeback as Djokovic dominated the third set tie-break.
The most impressive stat of the match was Federer saving 12-of-12 of Djokovic's break point chances. "But it's certainly one of his (Federer's) best matches in six months. I loved it. Three hours of happiness.
Every time I turned to my friends, I said, 'I love my sport!' When tennis is played at this level it gives me goosebumps," Santoro exclusively told L'Equipe. Despite being 37 years old, record 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer is still as committed and dedicated to tennis as anyone.
"I remain amazed by Roger, his energy, his perfectionism, his desire to push his limits," Santoro added. Also read: Paris Masters: Impressive Marcel Granollers and Rajeev Ram conquer Bercy