Khachanov to face Djokovic at World Tennis Championship

Novak Djokovic awaits Karen Khachanov at the World Tennis Championship, while Rafael Nadal will meet Kevin Anderson.

Russia's Karen Khachanov slipped from 3-1 up to 5-3 down in the opening set but recovered to force a tie-break, before an early break in the second proved enough to clinch the win against Dominic Thiem.   -  Getty Images

Karen Khachanov booked a semifinal meeting with world number one Novak Djokovic with a straight-sets triumph over Dominic Thiem at the World Tennis Championship.

Djokovic and Rafael Nadal received byes into the last four and the Serbian awaits Khachanov after a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 victory for the Russian.

Khachanov slipped from 3-1 up to 5-3 down in the opening set but recovered to force a tie-break, before an early break in the second proved enough to clinch the win.

Nadal will meet Kevin Anderson in the next round following a 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 6-1 win for the South African over Hyeon Chung.

Anderson squandered two set points before losing the first-set tie-break but opened up a 4-0 lead in each of the remaining two sets to come away with a comfortable victory.