Karen Khachanov is ready to become a protagonist

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Karen Khachanov is ready to become a protagonist

Russian tennis could have some great players in the coming years. One of them is Karen Khachanov. The 22-year-old showed an exponential growth this season. The progress shown in this year is encouraging, above all because, as it has been repeated several times, the generational change is still long and difficult.

Khachanov won his first ATP Masters 1000 in October, in Paris-Bercy, a tournament that has often reserved great surprises for fans. This victory must inevitably be a point of departure for him, and not of arrival. If, today the new generation is led by Alexander Zverev, right behind the German could be just Khachanov.

Not just from the qualitative point of vide, but also with regard to solidity and continuity in results. The Russian won three titles this year: in addition to the Paris Rolex Masters (beating Novak Djokovic in the final), he won Marseille Open 13 against Lucas Pouille, and the Kremlin Cup, against Adrian Mannarino.For a total of four career titles.

In addition to these good results, it should also be mentioned that he reached the semi-final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal. In the Grand Slam tournaments, he is yet to make a mark.

In 2018, he reached the second round at the Australian Open, third round at the US Open, fourth round at the French Open and at Wimbledon. At Roland Garros. he was defeated by Zverev in five sets, in quite a thriller. Overall his season has been very positive, and Khachanov turned out to be a solid and competitive tennis player on all surfaces.

Of course, now, after these results, we all expect him to take a step forward in 2019. Next season we will understand if he can become a star for years to come. ALSO READ: Croatia is on a verge of earning Davis Cup glory. What history tells us?