Karen Khachanov was asked if his come back against Philipp Kohlschreiber in a match where he saved five match points was better than the one Novak Djokovic had against Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final earlier this year.
The Russian said: "Of course, Djokovic. Firstly, this is the Grand Slam finals, and secondly it was on grass, on Federer's serve, and also a fifth set. It makes no sense in this case to compare those two matches, but today was also a good comeback."
On his next opponent Andreas Seppi, Khachanov added: "I played with Seppi three years ago in Vienna. He is more convenient because he plays with lower bounce. He makes the same shots to the right and to the left, he serves great.
But he is like Kohlschreiber - a very experienced tennis player, a grown-up player. He played a lot of matches. He won in Moscow. It will be a serious match. I will be recovering and preparing for tomorrow." On getting Russian football stars' support, Khachanov concluded: "Before the tournament in St.
Petersburg, I met with Alexander Kerzhakov and Andrei Arshavin during our visit to the Gazprom Arena sdadium, and then I met Artem Dzyuba, already on the court. Just after we got acquainted with Alexander, we began to keep communicating.
He watched all my matches in China. Congratulated me, wrote, got up early in the morning. He said that he hadn’t woken up so early for a long time. But now he has time to sleep off, because he doesn’t play anymore [laughter]. He himself said that he really wanted to come to Moscow to support me. So I invited him to this match."