He had won his previous three finals, and said his 100 percent record helped him when he stepped on court against the 14-time Grand Slam champion.
In a thrilling three-setter, Djokovic extended his winning streak with a dominating 7-6, 5-7, 7-6 win over third-seeded Federer.
Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation (R) with the winners trophy alongside runner up Novak Djokovic of Serbia after the final.
Four-time victor Novak Djokovic edged Swiss veteran Roger Federer in full sets in a spotlight semifinal duel to set up his encounter against unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov at the ATP Paris Masters here on Saturday.
Khachanov, 22, shrugged off complaints from Zverev over noise coming from the Russian player's box during the match.
In turn, Djokovic also praised the 1.98 meter (6 feet 6 inches) Khachanov for his "really strong and precise" serve. I want to talk about how well he played all week and he absolutely deserved to win the match today. "And maybe I'm not crying, but still I'm really happy".
"It was a spectacular match", Djokovic told Sky Sports.
"When you are playing and you are losing sometimes, you just get a little bit frustrated and upset", said Khachanov, who has reached the last-four of a Masters for the second time after a semi-final run in Toronto this summer.
The 2011 Paris champion, Federer spent about one hour and 21 minutes to wrap up his sixth straight win over the Japanese.
He will meet Russia's Karen Khachanov in final as he looks to pull level with Nadal on 33 career Masters titles.
Khachanov will now rise to a career-high world No 11 when the rankings are updated on Monday and overtakes Borna Coric as the second alternate for next week's ATP Finals in London.
"Hasn't happened too many times that I don't break a serve of anyone, especially if I have 12 break points", Djokovic said.
"We've had epic matches throughout our rivalry but this one definitely ranks as one of the best matches we played". But already established player, top player. And he showed great quality today and he showed why we're going to see a lot of him in the future.