Karen Khachanov feels proud about competing in the same era as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. The Russian player will face the Serbian at the Rolex Paris Masters on Sunday and in his press conference he said: 'What is good thing is that I'm still playing with them', Khachanov admitted.
'It's not like they've finished their careers and then you come to the top of ranking. So still, I'm happy to play against them in the highest stages. You know, like in the finals especially. And to face -- I mean, I played this year against many top guys and I think that's a good thing.
That gives me more experience to play against them on the higher stages of Grand Slams, of big tournaments like Masters 1000. So I think it's just a matter of being prepared and to go for it and to try to get the win. It's the same, like, actually when they play against each other.
You know, they know each other well and then the better player wins in this situation.' Khachanov also said he appreciates the crowd support a lot: 'I said already many times that I like to play on big courts when it's full of people and especially when they cheer for you.' This is the first ATP Masters 1000 final for the 22-year-old Russian.
He defeated Dominic Thiem in the semi-final, Alexander Zverev in the quarter-final and John Isner in the third round. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title