Karen Khachanov hits practice court at home in Russia



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Karen Khachanov hits practice court at home in Russia

Karen Khachanov has spent the last three months with his family in Moscow, staying isolated and working on his physical strength like all the other players after a coronavirus breakout that has put tennis season on hold least until August.

In April, Karen used the opportunity to share a video of himself working out with his son David, carrying the little boy and doing exercises with him in the arms. Now, world no. 15 is back on the tennis court again, starting the final preparations for the event in Khimki with Andrey Rublev and planning to compete again in July.

Next month, the Russian will travel to Austria, entering a strong exhibition event in Kitzbuhel with Dominic Thiem, Matteo Berrettini, Gael Monfils, Andrey Rublev and Borna Coric. Following the first Masters 1000 title in Paris 2018, Khachanov had high goals ahead of 2019 season, starting the action from just outside the top-10 and hoping to chase more notable titles.

Karen finally broke into the elite group in June but couldn't finish the season there thanks to a mediocre 30-29 score, failing to reach the desired form or produce consistent results.

Entering the top-30 in 2017, Karen bounced back even stronger in 2018, scoring 46 wins and clinching three ATP titles that moved him closer to the place in the elite top-10.

The youngster 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 for almost four and a half hours.

After some early exits, Karen claimed the title in Moscow and gained momentum ahead of Paris Masters where he defeated four top-10 opponents (repelling 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 in Indian Wells and Roland Garros, mixed with some unexpected losses that had kept him away from higher ranking positions. Grass brought nothing good for the Russian either but his game looked much better in Montreal, advancing into the semi-final for the best result of the year.

Karen was the semi-finalist in Beijing and the quarter-finalist in Moscow and Vienna, managing to remain in the year-end top-20 but closing the season with three straight singles defeats at the Davis Cup Finals. After four victories at the inaugural ATP Cup this January, Karen Khachanov lost the ground again, dropping that epic clash versus Nick Kyrgios in Melbourne and the quarter-final in Dubai to Novak Djokovic, his last official match so far.