According to Karen Khachanov, there is one thing that makes the top players stand out than the other guys. The Russian player defeated Novak Djokovic to win the Rolex Paris Masters earlier this month and had also lost to Rafael Nadal in the US Open third round in September.
'At the end, you can make the same amount of mistakes, like the top guys are doing, but not in the crucial moments,' Khachanov said during the ATP Finals in London. 'So that’s the most important thing. I had these couple of matches against the top guys where I think I made some mistakes in these crucial moments and these last few weeks I was playing really good in these specific moments, when it’s deuce, when it’s tight score, pressure is coming, that’s difference.
So at the end I just won those points and the match went on my side. I’m happy and proud that this year I could play this way, consistent with my results, consistent with my game, and at the end, where I am right now, okay maybe I wouldn’t have expected it if you asked me at the beginning of the year, but still I was believing it, that if I bring my game to this level I will be where I want to be.
Because at the end my goals are high, expectation is high from myself and I believe I belong to be where the top players are.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title