Karen Abgarovich Khachanov (Russian: Каре́н Абга́рович Хача́нов; born 21 May 1996) is a Russian tennis player of Armenian descent. He has won four ATP singles titles. Khachanov achieved his career-high singles ranking of world No. 8 on 15 July 2019, after reaching the quarterfinals of the 2019 French Open.
Khachanov at the 2019 French Open
|Residence||Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|Born||21 May 1996|
|Height||1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||118–94 (55.7% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 8 (15 July 2019)|
|Current ranking||No. 17 (18 November 2019)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2019)|
|French Open||QF (2019)|
|US Open||3R (2018)|
|Tour Finals||Alt (2018)|
|Career record||28–42 (40.0% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 64 (21 May 2018)|
|Current ranking||No. 86 (18 November 2019)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2017)|
|French Open||2R (2017)|
|US Open||3R (2017)|
|Last updated on: 18 September 2019.|
|Youth Olympic Games|
For a time, Khachanov was coached by Igor Bitsenko in Moscow and Vedran Martić in Split, Croatia. In 2014 he joined 4Slam Tennis Academy led by Galo Blanco. Khachanov parted ways with Blanco in November 2017. Now he trains with his previous coach Vedran Martić.
- 1 Career
- 2 Playing Style
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Singles performance timeline
- 5 Awards
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Khachanov started playing tennis at the age of three in kindergarten when his parents put him into the tennis group. His father Abgar, an Armenian, played volleyball at a very high level before studying medicine, while his mother, Natalia, a Russian, also studied medicine. He has a sister, Margarita, and a brother, Georgiy. His idols growing up were Marat Safin and Juan Martín del Potro and favourite sports teams are Real Madrid and the Miami Heat. He decided to become a professional player at 12.
2013: Davis Cup debutEdit
Khachanov won the Under-18 European Championship title in July 2013 in Switzerland. At age 17 and 157 days, he became the youngest Russian tennis player in the pro series, surpassing Mikhail Youzhny. Khachanov upset former world No. 8 Janko Tipsarević as a junior at the 2013 Kremlin Cup in Russia. In October, Khachanov defeated Dean O'Brien of South Africa to help Russia advance in the 2013 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I.
2014: First Futures titlesEdit
Khachanov lost to Jerzy Janowicz of Poland in the first round of the 2014 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I. Khachanov received a wild card entry to the 2014 Sony Open, but lost in the first round to Daniel Gimeno-Traver. Together with Andrey Rublev he won a silver medal in doubles at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics. They lost to Brazilian players Orlando Luz and Marcelo Zormann in the final. He won his first two Futures titles at Kaohsiung and Mulhouse.
2015: First ChallengerEdit
2016: First ATP titleEdit
In 2016, he qualified for the Barcelona Open beating Ramkumar Ramanathan and Marco Trungelliti. He then played his first round match beating Aljaz Bedene from being a set down. Then he proceeded to the second round beating fifth seed Roberto Bautista Agut also in three sets. He eventually lost in the third round to the eleventh seed Alexandr Dolgopolov. He got a wildcard for the Istanbul Open. In his first match, he beat Aljaz Bedene for the second time in the month. In his second match, he lost to Albert Ramos Vinolas despite winning the first set.
By entering an ATP singles final at the 2016 Chengdu Open, Khachanov became the first Russian since Mikhail Youzhny, who beat David Ferrer in the final at the 2013 Valencia Open 500, to do so. Khachanov won his first ATP tournament there, beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas in three sets.
2017: First top 10 win, Grand Slam 4th roundEdit
Karen reached the second round of the 2017 Australian Open, his best AO result to date. He lost to 20th-ranked Jack Sock. Then he lost five first rounds in a row, interrupting that streak in Indian Wells. In the clay court season Karen showed better results. He went on reaching the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open and the Lyon Open. At the French Open he got into the 4th Round. On the way he beat 14th-ranked Tomáš Berdych and 22nd-ranked John Isner, but lost to number-one Andy Murray. Karen then got into the semifinals of the Halle Open, ensuring him a seed place in a Grand Slam for the first time. On that tournament he also won his very first grass match on professional level. In the 2017 Wimbledon Championships he was the 30th seed and he reached the 3rd round before losing to 10 time French Open champion Rafael Nadal in straight sets.
2018: First Masters 1000 titleEdit
Khachanov entered 2018 Australian Open where he lost in second round to Juan Martin Del Potro matching his previous best result at the tournament. In February, he won his second ATP title at Open 13 in Marseille, France. He defeated Frenchman Lucas Pouille in the finals.
In the North American summer hard-court swing, Khachanov reached the semifinals of a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time in his career, at the Canadian Open, losing to Nadal. He once again met Nadal at the US Open, in the 3rd Round, losing in a marathon match. He then helped Team Russia to progress through the 1st Round play-off of the Europe/Africa Zone Group I by winning both matches and securing Russia a place in the World Group. In Asia, Khachanov struggled to find form. He rebounded at the Kremlin Cup, winning his second ATP title of the season.
Khachanov claimed his first ATP Masters 1000 title at the Rolex Paris Masters by defeating Filip Krajinović, Matthew Ebden, world No. 9 John Isner (saving two match points), world No. 5 Alexander Zverev, world No. 8 Dominic Thiem and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. He was the first tennis player representing Russia to win a Masters 1000 final since Nikolay Davydenko, who won the inaugural 2009 Shanghai Masters. No. 18 Khachanov was the lowest-ranked player to claim a Masters 1000 title since Ivan Ljubicic won 2010 Indian Wells Masters. As a result, Khachanov climbed to world No. 11 and was an alternate at the 2018 ATP Finals. Khachanov became the fifth Russian tennis player to reach a Masters tournament, after Marat Safin, Andrey Chesnokov, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Nikolay Davydenko.
2019: Major quarterfinal, top 10, poor year-end seasonEdit
Despite starting the season as the 11th ranked player in the world, Khachanov struggled to achieve any notable results for the first five months of the season. Leading up to the French Open, Khachanov's record for the year was ten wins and twelve losses and he had failed to reach a single tournament semifinal.
At the French Open, Khachanov won his first three rounds to set up a last-16 encounter with his idol Juan Martín del Potro. Khachanov beat del Potro for the first time to reach his first major quarterfinal, where he lost to Dominic Thiem. Khachanov's maiden Slam quarterfinal saw him enter the top-10 for the first time as world No. 9.
In August, Khachanov reached his first tournament semifinal of the year after beating Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals of the Montreal Masters. In the semifinals, he was defeated by compatriot Daniil Medvedev.
After the Rogers Cup, Khachanov notably reached the semifinals of the China Open. He failed to defend his title at the Paris Masters, losing in the second round to Jan-Lennard Struff, and dropped out of the top 10.
Khachanov is an aggressive baseliner, known for his hard-hitting groundstrokes and serve. He generally aims to be offensive, setting up winners with his serve, or using his forehand to dictate rallies.
Khachanov's signature shot is his forehand, which he hits with great speed and spin and he uses to move opponents around and produce winners. He is known to run around his backhand to inside-out and inside-in forehands as well, due to his weaker backhand wing. Khachanov uses intelligent point construction to either hit outright winners or wear opponents down with consistent offense. Additionally, his strong serve and one-two combination with his serve and forehand allow him to hold serve easily, and concentrate on breaking opponents.
Khachanov's weaknesses include his lack of variety, and to a lesser extent his defense at the baseline. His defensive game is significantly weaker than his aggressive game, and he often struggles when put under pressure quickly during rallies. Additionally, his net game and variety of shot, such as his slice, have been cited as rooms for improvement to become a more all-round player.
Singles performance timelineEdit
Current through the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||Q3||2R||2R||3R||0 / 3||4–3|
|French Open||A||A||A||Q2||4R||4R||QF||0 / 3||10–3|
|Wimbledon||A||A||Q1||Q3||3R||4R||3R||0 / 3||7–3|
|US Open||A||A||Q2||2R||1R||3R||1R||0 / 4||3–4|
|Win–loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||1–1||6–4||9–4||8–4||0 / 13||24–13|
Singles: 1 (1 title)Edit
|Win||2018||Paris Masters||Hard (i)||Novak Djokovic||7–5, 6–4|
Doubles: 2 (2 runners-up)Edit
|Loss||2018||Miami Open||Hard||Andrey Rublev|| Bob Bryan
|6–4, 6–7(5–7), [4–10]|
|Loss||2019||Paris Masters||Hard (i)||Andrey Rublev|| Pierre-Hugues Herbert
- ATP Rankings
- "Гало Бланко: Если Хачанов выиграл турнир ATP, выиграет и Рублёв" [Galo Blanco: If Khachanov has won the ATP title, so Rublev can do it] (in Russian). Sport-Express. 6 October 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- Anastasia Filippova (29 April 2016). "Гало Бланко: номером 1 нужно родиться, а в топ-50 можно попасть" [Galo Blanco: As No. 1 you should be born, and the top 50 you can enter] (in Russian). Championat.com. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- Stephanie Myles (10 November 2017). "Khachanov splits with coach Blanco". tennis.life. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- "Хачанов работает с бывшим тренером Иванишевича" [Khachanov works with Ivanišević's former coach] (in Russian). Sports.ru. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- "Хачанов: я смелый парень, на 100% Карен и не хочу быть никем иным" [Khachanov: I am a bold guy, 100 % Karen and not wanting to be someone else] (in Russian). 14 February 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
- "Karen Khachanov / Bio". ATP. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
- "Karen Khachanov: I love Armenia | NEWS.am Sport - All about sports". sport.news.am. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
- Eccleshare, Charlie (28 October 2016). "Rising stars of tennis - Karen Khachanov: 'The next Marat Safin? I have my own character and charisma'". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
- "2013 European Junior Championships". ITF. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
- "Юношескую ракетку используем по медицинским показаниям" [We Use The Junior Racket on Medical Authority] (in Russian). Gazeta.ru. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
- "Хачанов стал первым россиянином в финале турнира ATP за три года" [Khachanov became the first Russian in an ATP final for three years] (in Russian). Championat.com. 1 October 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
- Khachanov Wins NextGenATP Battle To Reach Halle SF
- Dmitry Shakhov (23 June 2017). "Хачанов обыграл друга и гарантировал себе посев на Уимблдоне" [Khachanov defeated his friend and was granted a seeding in Wimbledon] (in Russian). Championat.com. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
- "Khachanov Returns To The Winners' Circle In Marseille". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- Khachanov Stuns Djokovic For Maiden Masters 1000 Crown
- Artem Taymanov (4 November 2018). "Париж — наш! Карен Хачанов пошёл по стопам Сафина и Давыденко" [Paris is ours! Karen Khachanov followed in the footstepes of Safin and Davydenko] (in Russian). Championat.com. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
- "World No 8 Karen Khachanov confirmed for ASB Classic, joining Daniil Medvedev". Stuff. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
- Khachanov: Married and Dangerous
- "«Я уже год как женат». Карен Хачанов шокировал Владаса Ташева и Анну Чакветадзе свежачком" ["One year since marriage". Karen Khachanov shocked Vladas Tashev and Anna Chakvetadze with a news] (Video) (in Russian). Eurosport. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
- "We are waiting for the child in September". Tennis Time. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
- ""Русский Кубок" – почётные призы обрели своих хозяев" [The "Russian Cup" – Honorary Prizes Found Their Owners] (in Russian). GoTennis. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
- "Хачанов назван теннисистом года на церемонии вручения премии «Русский Кубок»" [Khachanov was named tennis player of the year during the award ceremony of the "Russian Cup"]. Championat.com. 20 November 2018. Retrieved 20 November 2018.