Paris | Khachanov sweeps into the final
Karen Khachanov is currently emerging as the front runner of the Next Generation having dismissed the original flag carrier Alexander Zverev for the loss of three games in the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters.
I think especially the second part of the year I’m playing really my best tennis. I’m having the best season, so far. I’m confident and I’m in the final, so I’m really happy about it, Karen Khachanov
The 22-year-old Russian who stands 6’6’’ in his tennis stocks, pulled off another great win when, over 70-minutes, he calmly dismantled Dominic Thiem, the inform Austrian 6-4 6-1 to make the final of the last Masters event of the season.
Khachanov will now play his first Masters 1000 final on Sunday against the winner of the blockbuster second semi between Novak Djokovic, who will be back at the top of the world rankings on Monday, and Roger Federer, who is chasing his 100th career title.
“It was one of my best matches, and what I’m happy about is that I was increasing my level, which shows that I’m becoming a better player,” Khachanov said.
The 18th ranked Muscovite overpowered a third top-10 player in successive days, having not just swept Zverev aside in the last eight, but the previous round, matched John Isner’s serving power to eventually outserve him 6-4 6-7(4) 7-6(8).
Thiem, the world number eight who on Friday had booked his place in the ATP Finals at the O2, was never allowed into the match and struggled against the depth and power of the groundstrokes from his unseeded opponent. He was broken five times as Khachanov took control towards the end of the first set.
“What I’m happy about is that each match I think I was increasing the level. That shows that I’m improving in my consistency, I’m becoming a better player, playing from the beginning of the tournament better and better, so that’s a good thing.
“I think especially the second part of the year I’m playing really my best tennis. I’m having the best season, so far. I’m confident and I’m in the final, so I’m really happy about it,” the Muscovite said.
“It was really intense the first couple of games and at 4-4, when there was more pressure coming, I broke him and took the lead,” the young big Russian added with a smile, and when asked what he felt about the final and the stature of player he would have to face, added: “I’m going to watch (Federer-Djokovic) definitely and any scenario is good for me.”