Rising Russian star Karen Khachanov was extremely happy with the way he performed against French Adrian Mannarino in the Moscow final. The Russian demolished the Frenchman in the final 6-2 6-2 to claim his first Moscow title.
The 22-year-old saved the lone break point he faced in the match and broke Mannarino twice in each set in just 54 minutes of play. Khachanov now has a 3-0 head-to-head record against 30-year-old Mannarino. The Russian also beat Mannarino two years ago in the Chengdu round-of-16 on his way to claiming his maiden ATP title.
"I started really well. I was very aggressive and didn't give him chances to step into the match and get some rhythm. I think that was one of the keys," Khachanov exclusively told Tennis Tour Talk after the final.
By winning it all in Moscow, Khachanov fulfilled one of his childhood dreams. The Russian was playing in Moscow for the fourth time in his career. [Winning it all in Russia] was one of the dreams I had when I was a kid.
Coming here [as a kid] I was asking top Russian players for autographs and dreaming one day to become a champion here. Today is the day and I am really happy. These are memories I will always keep in my head," Khachanov admitted.
Khachanov is now set to play at this week's ATP 500 event in Vienna -- where he has been drawn to meet Austrian Dennis Novak. Also read: Roger Federer reveals he hurt his right hand during grass season