Novak Djokovic says his thrilling three-set epic with Roger Federer at the Paris Masters was “one of the best” between the pair.

In their 47th meeting, the Serb beat Federer 7-6 (8-6) 5-7 7-6 (7-3) to reach Sunday’s final.

Djokovic, who will return to world number one on Monday, will face Karen Khachanov after the Russian defeated Dominic Thiem.

“It was a spectacular match,” Djokovic told Sky Sports. “We went toe-to-toe.”

He added: “We’ve had some epic matches but clearly this is one of the best, in terms of the level of play.

“Along with the Wimbledon semi-final against Nadal, it’s surely the most exciting match this season.”