Russian tennis star Karen Khachanov didn't hide his happiness after clinching a big comeback win in his Kremlin Cup opener. Khachanov, seeded at No. 2, saved five match points against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7) to progress into the Moscow quarterfinal.
Kohlschreiber, who turned 36 years old on Wednesday, blow multiple chances against Khachanov to claim a birthday win. Khachanov broke Kohlschreiber in the fourth game of the second set and saved a total of five break points in the set to force a decider.
The Russian saved two consecutive match points on Kohlschreiber's serve in the ninth game of the third set, one more match point on his serve serve in the 12th game and two more match points in the tie-break to edge out the German.
"I can’t remember the last time I had a comeback like that,” Khachanov said post-match, per the ATP website. “I had to fight and try to find my game. I am really happy that finally I can go through here in my hometown of Moscow."
Khachanov will fight against Italy's Andreas Seppi for a place in the Moscow final. "In my hometown, it is really a great atmosphere,” Khachanov addef. “To see so many people here for my second-round match, I didn’t really expect that… I have more drive and more energy when people are cheering for me like that."