Novak Djokovic put an end on Saturday to Roger Federer’s ambitions to add his 100th title on the ATP circuit this week by defeating him 7-6, 5-7 and 7-6 in a game for the semifinals of the Paris Masters, a victory that allowed him to extend his winning streak to 22 encounters in a row.
Djokovic added his four consecutive triumphs over Federer by winning the tie-break of the third set after three hours of play. In the definition of the tournament, the Serb will play with the Russian Karen Khachanov, who in the other match of the day defeated the Austrian Dominic Thiem by 6-4 and 6-1.
Although he never lost his service throughout the game, the 37-year-old Swiss player could not keep the victory because of the mistakes he made in the definition of the last set. Federer sought to match the Jimmy Connors brand of winning 100 tournaments as a professional.
In the Paris final Djokovic, who on Monday will again be number one in the world, will collide with Khachanov, 22 years and two titles this season.
“It was one of my best games of the year, and I am happy that I continue to improve my level,” said Khachanov, who reached the first Masters final in his career.