The hottest feud in tennis continues as Novak Djokovic just beat Roger Federer in a three hour all time classic in Paris. Federer was thisclose to ending Djokovic’s latest amazing winning streak, but Djokovic persevered in the Paris Masters semifinal to make it 22 wins in a row.
The first set is already being talked about as one of the greatest demonstrations of “perfect tennis,” as it took Djokovic 71 minutes to overcome Federer 7-6(8-6).
In Djokovic’s own words to Sky Sports, the pair went “toe-to-toe” as Federer made Djokovic earn every single point.
Federer’s classic one-handed point-winners, and the awe-inspiring accuracy from Djokovic, who smashed irresistible forehands from range, combined to make this must-see TV.
Federer came back in the second set winning 5-7, but lost the third 7-6(7-3) with a double fault near the death costing him a place in Sunday’s final.
“When you lose a close match like this you always have regrets,” Federer, who remains one title shy of 100 career trophies, told the crowd, according to the Washington Post. “Losing is never fun, so that’s why I guess I have this face right now.”
Djokovic exclaimed, “It was a spectacular match and one of the best of my career against him.”
Djokovic now progresses to the Paris Masters against unseeded Karen Khachanov, whom he beat on his path to the 2018 Wimbledon Title.