Karen Khachanov reflects on tough Taylor Fritz challenge at ATP Cup


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Karen Khachanov reflects on tough Taylor Fritz challenge at ATP Cup

Russian tennis star Karen Khachanov was proud of himself for managing to make a comeback against American Taylor Fritz, who was playing a great tennis throughout their ATP Cup clash. Fritz, ranked at No. 32 in the world, went for his shots early on and took the lead but world No.

17 Khachanov made a few adjustments and ended up winning 3-6 7-5 6-1. The American claimed the first break of the second set in the fifth game but couldn't hold on to his serve and get the job done in two sets. "He started like on the 10th speed,” Khachanov said, per the ATP Cup.

“In the car you have only six, but he started with 10. And he was hitting everything like full power and he didn't give me any rhythm… I think at the end of the first set I already had him, I had a break point.

If I would have broken, maybe I would have even turned it around earlier. “I played well since the beginning, he just played more aggressive, faster, hitting to the sides and didn't miss. I stepped in a little bit more, started to play with more trajectory to push him back a little bit from the baseline, and, in general, I think I pumped myself up to play, to increase to an even higher level.

I'm really proud of that." Khachanov now has two singles wins at the ATP Cup and he will be aiming to remain perfect when he meets Viktor Durasovic of Norway on Tuesday.