Karen Khachanov explains how being tall helps in facing Nadal, Djokovic


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Karen Khachanov explains how being tall helps in facing Nadal, Djokovic

Karen Khachanov believes that being very tall, which is a character of a lot of young players like Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, is good when it comes to face Nadal and Djokovic. "Obviously, the advantage I think that we have more power; we have bigger serve than the guys who are a little bit shorter," said the Russian.

"Yeah, I mean, especially for me, I have more shots, more aggressive. On the other side, I think the players that you named, we are moving really well on the baseline. It's not only the serve. We do serve and volley. So we are kind of rallying and trying to play points against guys like Rafa, Novak (smiling).

Yeah, the other guys who are shorter, of course, they have maybe advantage in the moving, so they are even faster. But that's logical, right?" Khachanov believes that working on all the aspects of your game on a consistent basis is the key: "You need to practice always your advantages, let's say your weapons, and you need to improve the things that you think you could do better.

So in my case, I'm moving well, but, you know, there are no limits. Maybe I can move even faster and better. And the same when you practice your weapons, you want to -- in the tight moments or in the key points, you want to, for example, get the point with the serve, so you need to practice serve.

So it's all about this, you know, these kinds of points when the match comes to close." Khachanov lost to Nadal in the quarter-finals in Indian Wells on Friday, 7-6(2), 7-6(2).