The Russian won his first Masters 1000 title in Paris after defeating the 32 time winner Novak Djokovic.
Despite Djokovic feeling under the weather on the day of the final, nothing can be taken away from Khachanov who won 7-5 6-4 in a game that lasted 1 hour and 37 minutes ultimately putting an end to the Serb’s 22-match unbeaten run.
With this final fin, Khachanov will propel himself to number 11 in the world rankings, making him the first Russian since Nikolay Davydenko to win a Masters 1000 title in 9 years.
”It’s one of the biggest titles in my career so far. I couldn’t be happier to win against Novak Djokovic, the number one in the world,” said Khachanov. With this win, the Russian has pulled off one of the biggest shocks of the year in the tennis season after hitting 31 winners.
Despite suffering from a flu all week, Djokovic praised the Russian. ”Respect to Karen for playing a great match. He deserves his trophy and I am sure we will see a lot of great matches from him in the future.” The 22 year old showed power, composure and patience to come out with the win, which was admired by world number one Djokovic.
Khachanov broke his serve at 5-5 which significantly unsettled Djokovic, who had he won, would have claimed his 5th Paris Masters title . The Russian broke early in the second set and threw three further break points in the seventh game, but was able to capitalise on his advantage and hold on for the win.
This defeat was only the first in 32 games for the Serb, who will be looking to bounce back in the next big tournament. For Khachanov, this massive victory is a sign of things to come in future series.