Russian tennis star Karen Khachanov is determined to return to the top-10 as soon as possible. Khachanov, ranked at No. 31 in the world, hasn't been ranked inside the top-10 since late 2019. Khachanov, who captured his maiden Masters title at the Paris Masters in 2018, achieved a career-high ranking of No.
8 in the world in 2019. The ATP adjusted the ranking system following the pandemic but now the counting has gotten back to its traditional way. "The rankings turned out to be a big pun, it was frozen for a year and a half, only now normal counting has begun.
I am not fixated on this,” Khachanov told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday, per Tennishead. “My main goal is to get back to the Top 10. I know how to get there. And the intermediate goals are to be healthy and motivated”.
Khachanov happy to work with coach Jose Clavet
Coach Clavet has a history of working with stars as in the past he worked with Carlos Moya, Alex Corretja, Feliciano Lopez and Tommy Robredo. “He travels with me everywhere, for which I am grateful to him.
I trust him as a specialist, as a coach and as a friend,” Khachanov said of Clavet. Khachanov had a first round bye in Moscow before he kicked off his campaign at the tournament on Wednesday. Khachanov survived a scare in his Moscow opener as he recovered from a set down to beat James Duckworth 3-6 6-3 6-1.
"It always feel great to be back in your hometown, in a tournament where everything started for me as a professional tennis player," Khachanov said in his on-court interview. "[This is] where I won my first matches, I got my first points.
Since then, it's always great to come back home to see a crowd, [get] home support. "It's also [a] little bit more nervous, of course. But on the other side, I always enjoy playing at home."