Karen Khachanov wants to prove that his maiden Masters 1000 title at last year's Rolex Paris Masters did not happen by chance. The Russian, speaking to CGTN in Shanghai earlier this week, said: "Obviously, I have been saying this all the time, that's what I am working for to play big matches, big tournaments to try to succeed there.
That is my goal, so of course if we take three years before, it's a kind of process. I played more matches, I gained more experience in the big stage against top guys", admitted Khachanov who defeated Novak Djokovic in the final Khachanov also recalled the 2016 Chengdu Open when he triumphed at a Tour level for the first time: "That is my first ATP title, for sure it stays in my memory forever.
It's like whatever you do, you break into the 300, you break into the top 100, you remember those kind of moments. So for sure the first title will always stay", said the Moscow native. On what he can achieve in the future, Khachanov concluded: "I will be the next guy who rises in the tour and stays there, but there are many more guys, and I think our generation is pretty strong."