Following the first Masters 1000 title in Paris 2018, Karen Khachanov had some high goals ahead of 2019 season, starting the action from just outside the top-10. Standing on the verge on the elite group, Karen finally broke there in June but couldn't stay there until the end of the year after a mediocre 30-29 score.
The Russian will start 2020 as world no. 17 and with the new person in his team, adding the Swede Fredrik Rosengren to his coaching staff. Rosengren has been in the business for the last 30 years, working with Jonas Bjorkman, Magnus Norman, Joachim Jonasson, Mario Ancic, Robin Soderling and Kyle Edmund, helping the Briton to achieve a career-high ranking and reach the Major semi-final.
Now, he will try to do the same with the Russian who will open the new season at the ATP Cup and the ASB Classic before heading to Melbourne for the first Grand Slam of the year. Entering the top-30 in 2017, Karen bounced back even stronger in 2018 after claiming 46 victories and lifting three ATP titles that moved him closer to the place in the top-10.
Khachanov won the title in Marseille and lost in the semi-final of Toronto to Rafael Nadal, challenging world no. 1 at the US Open as well in one of the best matches of the season that lasted almost four and a half hours. After some poor results, Karen claimed the title in Moscow and gained momentum ahead of Paris Masters where he defeated four top-10 rivals (saved a match point against John Isner at the beginning of the streak) to claim the first Masters 1000 crown, prevailing against Novak Djokovic in the final.
In the first half of 2019, Khachanov reached the quarter-final at Indian Wells and Roland Garros, suffering some early exits and failing to improve the ranking position. Grass brought him nothing good ahead of Montreal Masters where he played on a high level again, advancing into the semi-final for the best result of the season.
Karen was the semi-finalist in Beijing and the quarter-finalist in Moscow and Vienna, managing to stay in the year-end top-20 but closing the season with three straight singles defeats at the Davis Cup Finals. "Glad to announce a new member of #TeamKhachanov, coach Fredrik Rosengren.
He is a well known specialist with great reputation, who worked with top players all over the world. Also we keep on working with my coach Vedran Martic, who's helped me to achieve top-10 ATP ranking. And we're not going to stop."