Karen Khachanov commented on how his relationship with the Rogers Cup crowd in Montreal has evolved. The Russian had complained about the behaviour people had in supporting Felix Auger-Aliassime on Thursday. Now, after his win over Alexander Zverev, Khachanov said: "It was obvious that when you play against the local guy, Canadian, the crowd would be mostly on his side.
But today was 50/50, was really nice. Nothing to complain." On his next match against Daniil Medvedev, Khachanov added: "It's never easy to play against a friend from the same country. We grew up together. We played all the tournaments since 12 or 14, I would say, and the team.
We know each other pretty well. From one side is difficult, but from other side both of us, we know what to expect, how we are playing completely different styles. Yeah, would be an interesting match. We played just once in Moscow last year, in our hometown.
Was also more tension because you play at home especially. Let's see. Let's see how it goes." On Zverev being frustrated, Khachanov concluded: "I think he didn't play his best, of course. On the other side, I played a good match tactically, I played solid from the baseline.
Maybe he was missing a little bit more. That's why he got frustrated. Once you are missing and losing, you are never happy. Doesn't matter against who you play. It's how you play."