Karen Khachanov Into First Career ATP Final, Will Face Albert Ramos-Vinolas In Chengdu
by Staff | October 1st, 2016, 6:38 pm

In Chengdu, 20-year-old Karen Khachanov continued his best week reaching his first career ATP final after downing Viktor Troicki 6-3, 7-5.

“It feels great for me to be in the final,” Khachanov said. “Dreams are coming true, to be playing in my first ATP World Tour final tomorrow. Of course it gives me confidence. In the first round I also beat the seventh seed and yesterday I beat the fourth seed. It gave me confidence going into today’s semi-finals. I will just try to focus on my game and follow the plan I have with my coach.

“If it goes well, it goes well. If not, I’ll change it during the match. The mental aspect is one of the most important and that’s why you have to be focused.”

The Russian will face Spanish lefty Alberto Ramos-Vinolas who was a 7-6(6), 1-6, 7-6(3) winner over Grigor Dimitrov.

Ramos-Vinolas overcame a 6-3 first set breaker deficit and held on after squandering a 3-1 third set lead.

“The match was tough, it was almost three hours,” said Ramos-Vinolas. “I’m very happy because I beat a great player. He will be one of the best in a few years. It is another final for me tomorrow and I cannot be more happy. I was a little tired after the first set so I maybe needed some time to recover and I did a little bit (in the second).

“I think the third set was physically very, very tough. I kept on fighting and that’s why I am very happy because it was very difficult to win.”

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2 Comments for Karen Khachanov Into First Career ATP Final, Will Face Albert Ramos-Vinolas In Chengdu

Willow Says:

Good lad, and all the very best to him, the future of our sport, im om the look out now for a new favorite, as one of my current ones is now getting to the stage where he is now past his best, hmm dont know who that will be yet ? ….

jalep Says:

“Karen is not a girl name it’s an Armenian name” he informs the commentator trying to make a dumb joke.

I like Karen Khachanov, Willow. But I like Dominic Thiem and Sascha Zverev too. No use to try and get you to like Nick Kyrgios, I know 😄

Lucas Pouille is another that seems grounded and serious… You might like him. I’m having a hard time warming to him – not sure why. Maybe because he beat Thiem in Metz.

Congrats to Karen Khachanov! That was a nice surprise. He beat Lopez, Troicki, and ARV for the win and blasted through his draw.
Daniil Medvedev is another Russian to watch. Rublev sort of isn’t coming along like I once thought he would.

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