ATP Paris Masters: Novak Djokovic fights back to defeat Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic fought back from a set and a break down against Roger Federer to reach the Paris Masters final on Sunday.
By Razwan Mirza - Tweet me: @RazMirza
Last Updated: 02/11/13 6:47pm
In the 30th meeting between the pair, the Serb came out on top, winning his 16th straight match.
Victory also helped six-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic keep alive his slim hopes of regaining top spot in the world rankings from Rafael Nadal.
A confident Federer sent out an early warning to Djokovic by breaking him in the third game as he thrilled the Parisian crowd with some captivating, free-flowing tennis.
The fifth seed, whose last win over Djokovic came on the hard court in Cincinnati 15 months ago, tightened up whilst serving for the set at 5-4.
However, the 2009 Paris champion failed to take any of his four break point chances and Federer went on the seal it in 46 minutes of action at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion's attacking style of play was rewarded in a first set which included 11 net point winners and 70 per cent of his first serve points.
A tentative Djokovic was broken in the first game of second set, but he quickly recovered to hit back to restore parity in a high quality contest.
In a see-saw battle the Swiss maestro missed a simple volley at the net to gift his opponent a 4-2 lead and the world No 2 went on to serve out the set.
The Serb won four points in a row on the 32-year-old's serve in the third game of the deciding set to seal a crucial break and he broke again to take a 5-2 lead.
He served out the match in exactly two hours to secure his place in another Paris final against defending champion David Ferrer who shocked world No 1 Nadal.
"Every time we play it's a great match, challenging and intense," said Djokovic.
"He was better than me in the first set and it wasn't easy. I just had to stay confident and focussed and wait for my chances.
"I was serving well and just kept patient and in the end it paid off."