ATP Moscow: Karen Khachanov eases past Adrian Mannarino to win the title

by   |  VIEW 2626
ATP Moscow: Karen Khachanov eases past Adrian Mannarino to win the title

The 22-year-old Moscow native Karen Khachanov has won the title in front of his crowd in the Russian capital, defeating Adrian Mannarino 6-2 6-2 in 54 minutes for his third ATP crown and the second of the season for the place in the Top 20 for the first time! Karen won their previous two matches as well but he had to work much harder than today, doing just about everything right in his hometown to leave Mannarino empty-handed in his sixth ATP final, still seeking the maiden ATP crown.

The Russian served at 78% and he lost 11 points in eight service games, saving the only break point he faced to mount the pressure on the other side of the net and wait for a chance on the return patiently. Adrian was in all kind of troubles after missing the first serve, winning just two points on the second and getting broken four times from six chances he gave to Karen who controlled the scoreboard from start to finish to wrap up the title in style.

The youngster drew first blood in the third game when he forced an error from his rival and he moved 5-2 up with a return winner in game seven, serving for the set in the following game. A service winner in the next game secured the opener for the Russian after just 24 minutes and he was on a steady title course, overpowering his rival in every department.

Khachanov had one hand on the trophy after breaking Adrian at the start of the second set following a costly double fault from the Frenchman and the winner was decided when Karen grabbed another break in game three thanks to a lucky net cord winner.

Mannarino earned that break point in the fourth game but Karen kept his serve intact with a service winner, bringing the match home with another great hold and a forehand winner at 5-2 for the 39th and one of the most important wins of the season. Final result:


ALSO READ: Paris 2007: David Nalbandian upends Rafael Nadal in the title match