Karen Khachanov defeated Juan Martin del Potro in four sets to reach the French Open quarter-finals. In a press conference, the Russian player said: "I would say obviously serve. I mean, I think it's in his game, as well.
You know, serve/return, that's where you start the point and where you can take advantage of it. In the third set, I lose two times my serve. Basically, that's it. But I think in the third set he started to play much better.
He started to go more for the shots, the first one to step in. I was going a little bit more back. That's, I think, the main points. That's what I'm working for, to live moments like this. So, you know, when you win matches like this, you're just happy.
You know, you're just happy for all the efforts that you have done before, for all the matches that you played. And, yeah, you're just thankful for a team and family, so thinking about that." On his next match against Dominic Thiem, Khachanov said: "Right now, honestly I'm still not thinking about.
I rather take some rest. But is, you know, last eight players, for sure. I will try to do my best against him. He's, you know, here he did three years in a row not less than semifinals. So for sure, he's, you know, one of the top ones on clay.
But I will try to fight and let's see. Let's see what happens." The 23-year-old finally confirmed that he and his wife are expecting a baby. Asked if that can cause them stress, he concluded: "Not really stressful.
You can ask her. But most likely Paris will be the last tournament and then she cannot travel. And we're expecting hopefully in September."