In an interview to the Rolex Paris Masters website the Russian Karen Khachanov recalled his last year's maiden Masters 1000 title in the French event where he defeated Novak Djokovic in a straight-set final. The Moscow native admitted that it was a big milestone in his professional journey.
"In some ways, yes, this tournament changed my life, my career", admitted Khachanov. "If only because the closer to the top you get, the higher your expectations and the more other people expect of you."
Khachanov admitted that his expectations changed after that event: "Reaching the quarterfinals of a Masters 1000, for example, doesn’t feel the same as it did before, when I was world No. 25. Generally speaking, a lot of things happened for me in the second half of 2018.
From May onwards, actually. I reached my first Grand Slam quarterfinal, again in Paris, at Roland Garros, then afterwards I played better and better. That meant that my results got better and better too. I just want to enjoy it and play some good tennis.
It’s not that I’m not under pressure, but I’ve got no fixed goals. I’m not telling myself that I definitely have to win again. Although, of course, I’d love to win in Paris again, and win every other tournament I enter."