Top ATP youngster issues warning to Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal
Karen Khachanov believes the ATP’s young guns are ‘not that far behind’ Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal, and says he is determined to dethrone them before they retire.
The Russian has risen to number eight in the current world rankings.
That’s despite a few months of struggle after he changed his racket following his capture of the Paris Masters crown last season, which he won after beating Djokovic in the final.
And, after switching back to his old racket and rediscovering his form, Khachanov is setting some lofty goals for himself.
“It would be great to be able to secure my place in the top-ten, considering that I did not start the season well,” Khachanov told RBC Sport.
“Last year my goal was to finish in the top 20, and I finished 11th. If you can end up with a better goal than you proposed, then even better, but you can not take anything for granted because everything can change in a tournament.
“I would love to be able to meet my goals while the big three continues to play. I am happy to play against them in several tournaments, having won against Djokovic in Paris.
“Yes, they are the ones who win the Grand Slams, but if you notice, [Alexander] Zverev, [Stefanos] Tsitsipas, [Daniil] Medvedev, these players are the ones who are already in the top ten with the rest of the legends.
“We are at a good level and I do not think we are that far from them, but we cannot relax for a moment.”
Former British No 1 gives verdict on Emma Raducanu’s Indian Wells loss as US Open champion is urged not ‘overthink’ defeat
The 18-year-old US Open champion went down in straight sets in Indian Wells.
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The Briton’s super attacking style that served her so well at the US Open proved her downfall.
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“It wouldn’t surprise me if she picked things up extremely quickly,” says Andy Murray.
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Daniil Medvedev determined to produce high level at Indian Wells.
Kim Clijsters gives her verdict on Indian Wells defeat as Katerina Siniakova hails ‘really special’ match
“That’s part of this process in general, it’s not going to be a smooth ride,” says Clijsters.
Emma Raducanu determined not to ‘cling on to’ US Open achievement, saying ‘I am still hungry for more’
Emma Raducanu will take on Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the BNP Paribas Open.
Update on the Andy Murray wedding ring and stinky shoes saga as Scot reveals he is ‘back in the good books’
There was a positive update from Andy Murray.
‘I don’t feel like I need to justify the reasons for why I should get wildcards,’ says Andy Murray
“I don’t make the call,” says Andy Murray.
Stefanos Tsitsipas makes light of his infamous bathroom breaks, but keeps mum about vaccination status
“It’s very dry here. That is good for me because I sweat less.”
Coco Gauff urges Emma Raducanu ‘not to focus on social media as it can be a bit overwhelming’
“Set time aside from the phone,” says Coco Gauff.