Khachanov Krushes King of ATP Rankings in Straight-Set ATP Paris Final

by Staff | November 4th, 2018, 2:55 pm

Novak Djokovic had beaten Karen Khachanov at Wimbledon earlier this year, and when Djokovic broke for a 3-1 lead in the opening set, journalists were looking at their watches in anticipation of a late lunch or early dinner in Paris.
But what followed was an early coming-out party as the 22-year-old Russian toppled the soon-to-be No. 1 (on Monday) Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 for his first Masters Series victory at the Rolex Paris Masters.

“It means the world to me,” said Khachanov, who beat four consecutive Top 10 players in Paris. “I couldn’t be happier to finish the season like this.”

Khachanov stopped Djokovic from winning a record 33rd Masters-level title while improving to a perfect 4-0 in career finals, three this year.

Down 1-3 in the first, Khachanov flicked a switch and simply overpowered Djokovic from that point on, winning 10 straight points during one stretch. At 5-5 the Russian broke again before serving out the set. He broke Djokovic for a 2-1 lead in the second, and did not waiver when he had the opportunity to serve out the match at 5-4.

“One thing that with Novak you cannot just go to the net because he has unbelievable passing shots,” Khachanov said. “You have to really prepare your coming through. You have to really sort out the right shots when you can step in and go to the net. So of course, the best scenario if I’m hitting left-right and I’m coming to the net with a shorter ball, sometimes it was not possible, but sometimes I did it really well. But in general, my game is aggressive and I have to try to step in more and to play the way I played, actually.”

He joined John Isner (Miami) and Juan Martin del Potro (Indian Wells) as first-time Masters winners in 2018.

Djokovic was nothing but complimentary following the final.

“I want to talk about how well he played all week,” said the Serb. “He absolutely deserved to win the match today. So all the credit to him. He deserves it. He’s a young player up and coming. But already an established player, a top player. And he showed great quality today and he showed why we’re going to see a lot of him in the future.

“I’m satisfied of course and I’m going to be No. 1 tomorrow officially. What more can I ask for? I mean, I won 20-plus matches in a row and had a most amazing last five months of the year.”

Djokovic will next head to the year-ending ATP Finals in London.

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16 Comments for Khachanov Krushes King of ATP Rankings in Straight-Set ATP Paris Final

chofer Says:

Definitely, the staff here are practical jokers. Good pic of Khachanov in the cover.

skeezer Says:

Krushing title Staff. Perfectly described. Actually he crushed Z and Cilic as well. Well done lol.

Margot Says:

Krikey! Kongratulations Karen!

rognadfan Says:

Well! that was surprising!
The fatigue must have played a role. Last night was E-P-I-C.Except the last tb of course.

Humble Rafa Says:

Jennifer’s parents would have never imagined what their daughter would accomplish on the ATP tour.

Boy scouts is apparently accepting girls now, so should the ATP. Then we can merge the two tours, why have two anyway.

Wog Boy Says:

If you are reading this, next time you decide to post can you please do it after the final and not before;)

Good job Karen, now we need consistency from you. Consistency is not to lose one week to Nishikori 6:2 6:2 and next week to beat No1e, the best player in the world.
You surely have to do better next year than what last year Paris winner did this year.

RZ Says:

Congrats KK!
Whose photo is that with the article?

RZ Says:

I think the pic is Vania King. I guess alphabetically King is the next photo in their database after Khachanov.

Humble Rafa Says:

Whose photo is that with the article?

Karen Khachanov. Do you even follow tennis? How can you not know Karen?

mat4 Says:


I just read the comments. Let’s be — not humble — but normal: a player can’t win all the time. Draws and schedule, rankings, all of this is part of the game. Novak was ill, tired, and it was obvious that he didn’t recover for the final. But he is not the only player who paid for the alea of a draw, and in his case, it is not the first time. C’est dans l’ordre des choses.

Nonetheless, it was an excellent Bercy. For Novak: he recovered the no 1 ranking, made the final, and played a few excellent sets of tennis. For the public, who witnessed some great matches. For Khachanov, who won and showed that his USO and that excellent match against Rafa was not an exception, but could become the rule.

As a Nolefan, I am quite happy with the results. One cannot get anything.

About the title of this article: Tennis-x knew better.

Wog Boy Says:

Just teasing you, like in the old days.
If you look at my comments you will see that I congratulated Karen before the match, I was sure he is going to beat Nole. I expected Nole to lose against 37 years old too, I am amassed he was able to lift his game in the third set, but that was last of him, he couldn’t do it against Karen, he had three sets (almost three hours) with Cilic, in a less than 24 hours another 3 hours match finishing around 8pm and then next day at 3pm fresh Karen was waiting for him.
I don’t watch atp, but from what I’ve seen on YT he was sick, tones of tissues, face expression and his voice was enough for sane people to realise he wasn’t 100% and yet he managed to beat 2 top 10 players on the way to final.
Karen was playing so good that Nole had to be 101% in order to beat him, I mean, the man lined up 4 top 10 players, unbelievable!

Humble Rafa Says:

Accolades for Jennifer are pouring in from all continents. Not surprised, not surprised at all.

Ronn Says:

Whoever came up with this trash headline deserves to be slapped into the next century. Karen won the match but it was still close. And Djoko was also sick and drained so there’s another reason why he didn’t win. “Krushed” Djokovic? Be for real. Karen DID get crushed by Djoko at Wimbledon and he’s gonna get crushed by Djoko the next time they meet as it’s Djoko’s habit to seek revenge when he’s beaten. I like Karen and he could become a great player, but for those idiots thinking this retarded headline is funny, I hope you’re laughing when Djoko wins 2 or 3 MAJORS next year and stays at #1 the entire time because it IS going to happen.

Humble Rafa Says:


Didn’t your mom teach you to be nice to girls? No need to gang up on Jennifer.

mat4 Says:


Sorry, Wog, I didn’t see your other posts. As usual, I started an answer and finished instead with a general comment, having read in the meantime a few others comments.

But this time I disagree with you — Novak would have dispatched Karen in two routine sets if he wasn’t ill and physically spent.

I didn’t like Novak’s behaviour in the final — it was clear he wanted to shorten the points but he should have done it a bit differently.

Ronn Says:

All of you naysayers are going to be eating grass when Djoko comes back strong and wins #6 next week and you see what this loss to Karen was- a minor hiccup. See you in a few days, chumps!

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