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Karen Khachanov

Karen Khachanov
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Khachanov at the 2019 Rolex Paris Masters
Country (sports) Russia
ResidenceDubai, United Arab Emirates
Born (1996-05-21) 21 May 1996 (age 25)
Moscow, Russia
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Turned pro2013
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachVedran Marti?
Fredrik Rosengren
Prize moneyUS$9,847,132
Career record164-127 (56.4% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 8 (15 July 2019)
Current rankingNo. 25 (12 July 2021)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2019, 2020, 2021)
French OpenQF (2019)
WimbledonQF (2021)
US Open3R (2018, 2020)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsAlt (2018)
Olympic GamesF (2020)
Career record38-55 (40.9% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 64 (21 May 2018)
Current rankingNo. 93 (12 July 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2017)
French Open2R (2017)
US Open3R (2017)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games1R (2020)
Team competitions
Davis Cup9-10
Hopman Cup3-3 (50.0%)
Medal record
Men's tennis
Representing  Russia
Youth Olympic Games
Silver medal - second place Doubles
Last updated on: 12 July 2021.

Karen Abgarovich Khachanov [note 1] (born 21 May 1996) is a Russian professional tennis player. He has won four ATP singles titles, including the 2018 Paris Masters title. Khachanov achieved his career-high singles ranking of world No. 8 on 15 July 2019, after reaching the quarterfinals of the 2019 French Open.

Early life and background

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,[1] 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.[2] He decided to become a professional player at 12.[3]

After Khachanov turned 15, he moved to Split, Croatia, where he trained under Vedran Marti?, Goran Ivani?evi?'s former coach. Later, he moved to Barcelona and was coached by Galo Blanco.[4]

Junior career

Khachanov won the Under-18 European Championship title in Switzerland in July 2013.[5] Together with Andrey Rublev he won a silver medal in doubles at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics. They lost in the final to Brazilian players Orlando Luz and Marcelo Zormann.

Professional career

2013-15: Davis Cup debut, First Future & Challenger titles

Khachanov, 2015

Still as under 18, Khachanov made his ITF Circuit debut at the $15K event in Russia, losing his first match against compatriot Alexey Vatutin. In September of the following year, he got a wildcard for his first ATP Tour participation at the St. Petersburg Open. There he recorded his first win by defeating Victor Hanescu in the first round. He then faced Lukas Rosol, but lost in straight-sets. A month later he got another wildcard, for the Kremlin Cup. Things got even better there, as he defeated Albert Ramos Vinolas and top 30 Janko Tipsarevic. In the next round he lost to Ivo Karlovic. The following week he made his debut for Russia at the Davis Cup, and at age 17 years and 157 days he became the youngest Russian tennis player in the pro series, surpassing Mikhail Youzhny.[6] There, he defeated Dean O'Brien of South Africa to help Russia advance in the 2013 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I. He finished the season by playing at the two Challengers, reaching the quarterfinal in Geneva and then the first round in Helsinki.

After a slow start at the Chennai Open and two lower-ITF tournaments, Khachanov then played at the Davis Cup. He lost to Jerzy Janowicz of Poland in the first round of the 2014 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I. He then continued with no success at one ITF event and Challenger events in Kazakhstan. However, he then made his Masters debut, after receiving a wildcard entry to the 2014 Miami Open, but lost in the first round to Daniel Gimeno-Traver. In August he achieved his first significant result, winning his first ITF title at the $15K event in Kaohsiung. Two weeks later he won another ITF title, this time at the $15K event in Mulhouse. For the second year in a row, he got a wildcard for the Kremlin Cup, but again lost in the first round.

Despite playing at a few ATP Tour events in previous years, in 2015 Khachanov played mostly at ITF and Challenger tournaments, with some success. In the first half of the year, he won two $10K/15K events in France, both in March. In April he reached the semifinal and won the title at the $15K events in Uzbekistan. After that came some good results at the Challengers. In June, he advanced to the quarterfinal in Fergana and then the semifinal in Marburg. His next step was Wimbledon, in his first Grand Slam qualification appearance. He lost in the first round of qualifications. Later, at the US Open, he also failed to qualify for the main draw, this time losing in the second round of qualifications. In mid-July, he faced Pablo Andujar in the second round of the 2015 Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I. He lost that match in three sets. In September 2015, Khachanov won his first ATP Challenger Tour title in Istanbul, where he was unseeded. In the final he defeated top seed Sergiy Stakhovsky. He followed up this performance and finished the year with four consecutive Challenger quarterfinals, in Mons, Rennes, Brest and Mouilleron-le-Captif.

2016: First ATP title, Grand Slam debut

Khachanov, 2016

Khachanov made progress during 2016, however bigger results came in the second half of the year. He had a slow start with only a first round at the Chennai Open and the final stage of Australian Open qualifications, as well as failing to reach the main draw at Open Sud de France and Open 13. His following matches were on the Challenger Tour, making it to the quarterfinal in Cherbourg and later the final of Jonkoping and the quarterfinal in Kazan. He then entered the qualifications for Monte Carlo as his first clay Masters 1000 appearance. He lost to Taro Daniel in the first round. The following week he qualified for the Barcelona Open, beating Ramkumar Ramanathan and Marco Trungelliti. In his first-round match he came back from a set down to beat Aljaz Bedene. In the second round he beat fifth seed Roberto Bautista Agut, also in three sets. He eventually lost in the third round to the eleventh seed Alexandr Dolgopolov. Right after that he played at the Istanbul Open as a wildcard player. In his first match, he beat Aljaz Bedene for the second time in the month. In the following round, he lost to Albert Ramos Vinolas, despite winning the first set. He then continued with good results at Challengers, reaching the quarterfinal in Karshi and winning the title in Samarkand the following week.

Playing in the qualification of the French Open, Khachanov completed his appearances at all four Grand Slams, but with no qualifications into the main draw. Two Challenger semifinals in Prostejov and Moscow followed, as well as another loss in the qualifications of Wimbledon. In July, at the Kitzbuhel Open, he defeated Filippo Volandri and Philipp Kohlscreiber to reach his first ATP Tour quarterfinal since the 2013 Kremlin Cup, before losing to Dusan Lajovic.

At the US Open, he made his main draw debut after passing the qualifications. In the first round he recorded his first Grand Slam win, over Thomas Fabbiano, but lost in the second round to Kei Nishikori. After that, he lost in the first round of the St. Petersburg Open to Alexander Zverev. However, he progressed further the following week at the 2016 Chengdu Open. He defeated Joao Sousa, Adrian Mannarino, Feliciano Lopez and Victor Troicki to reach his first ATP Tour final. By reaching an ATP singles final, Khachanov became the first Russian in an ATP Tour final since Mikhail Youzhny, who beat David Ferrer in the final at the 2013 Valencia Open 500.[7] Khachanov won his first ATP tournament there, beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas in three sets. He finished the year with his first ATP 500 quarterfinal run at the Vienna Open, where he recorded wins over Andreas Seppi and Nikoloz Basilashvili, before Ivo Karlovic defeated him.

2017: First top 10 win, First Grand Slam fourth round

Khachanov, 2017

Thanks to big progress in the past, he was now able to avoid qualifications. He started the year with a win at the Qatar Open, but then lost to Ivo Karlovic in two tie breaks. He performed no better at the following Auckland Open, losing in the first round to Yen-Hsun Lu. He then made his main-draw debut at the Australian Open. His first opponent was Adrian Mannarino, whom Khachanov defeated in four sets. Against Jack Sock in the following round, he attemped to reach his first Grand Slam third round, but without success. His next step was participating at the Davis Cup against Serbia in the World Group. He lost his match against Viktor Troicki in five sets. Losses then continued for the next four tournaments: Open Sud de France, Rotterdam Open, Open 13 and Dubai Championships. At the Indian Wells, he passed the first round after defeating Tommy Robredo. In the following round, he lost to David Goffin.

In late April, he reached his first quarterfinal of the year, at the ATP 500 Barcelona. There he defeated Thomaz Bellucci, Pablo Cuevas and top 10 David Goffin before losing to Horacio Zeballos. A month later he advanced to another quarterfinal, at the Lyon Open. He followed up this win with another great performance at the French Open. Wins over Nicolas Jarry and top 30 players, Tomas Berdych and John Isner, brought him to the fourth round at a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. He failed to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal, losing to Andy Murray.

He continued with good performances, reaching the semifinal of the Halle Open. There he achieved his first win on grass over Gilles Simon,[8] and then recorded his second career top 10 win, after defeating Kei Nishikori. He lost to Roger Federer and failed to reach the final. This result ensured him a first Grand Slam seed place at the following grand slam at Wimbledon. There, he also had another great result, reaching his first third round, after wins over Andrey Kuznetsov and Thiago Monteiro. He then lost to Rafael Nadal.[9] His successful journey then continued with two consecutive quarterfinals at the Bastad Open and the Hamburg Open. However, he then started to struggle with form. He was eliminated in the first round at both the Canadian Open and the US Open, but reached the third round of the Cincinnati Open. In September he played in the Davis Cup for the second time in a year. He played against Hungarian players, winning against Attila Balazs and losing to Marton Fucsovics. He then went to China, reaching the second round of the Chengdu Open and the China Open and losing in the first round of the Shanghai Masters. He then returned to Europe, but still with no success, with only first rounds of the Vienna Open and the Paris Mastes. He finished the year with his debut at the Next Gen ATP Finals. He overcame Jared Donaldson, but lost to Daniil Medvedev and Borna Coric, so failed to pass the round robin group.

2018: First Masters 1000 title

Khachanov, 2018

Khachanov started the year at the Auckland Open, reaching the quarterfinal after wins over Yuichi Sugita and Pablo Cuevas, but then lost to Juan Martin del Potro. Next, he participated in the Australian Open, where he lost to del Potro in the second round. In February he first reached the quarterfinal of Open Sud de France, followed up with only a first round at the Rotterdam Open, but then he won his second ATP title at Open 13 in Marseille, France. In the semifinal he defeated former top 10 player Tomas Berdych to reach final. To get the title, he needed to defeat Frenchman Lucas Pouille.[10]

In the next three months he showed average results. In Dubai he reached the second round, then only the first round of Indian Wells and the third round of the Miami Open. However, he reached the final of the Miami Open in the doubles event, alongside Andrey Rublev, but they lost to Bob and Mike Bryan. Then the clay court season came, but he was still not showing good form. He reached the third rounds of Monte Carlo and the Barcelona Open, but only the first rounds of Madrid and Rome. However, his form peaked on time for the French Open, where he again reached the fourth round, defeating top 20 player Lucas Pouille in the third round, before losing to Alexander Zverev.

During the grass season, he played only two tournaments. First, he advanced to the quarterfinal of the Halle Open for the second year in a row. Second, he reached the fourth round of Wimbledon, but then lost to Novak Djokovic.

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 third 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 reached only the second rounds of Beijing and Shanghai. He then rebounded at the Kremlin Cup, winning his second ATP title of the season by defeating Adrian Mannarino in the final. In the semifinal he defeated his compatriot Daniil Medvedev.

He finished the year by claiming his first ATP Masters 1000 title at the Rolex Paris Masters, defeating Filip Krajinovi?, 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 the 2010 Indian Wells Masters. As a result, Khachanov climbed to world No. 11 and was an alternate at the 2018 ATP Finals.[11] Khachanov became the fifth Russian tennis player to reach a Masters tournament, after Marat Safin, Andrei Chesnokov, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Nikolay Davydenko.[12]

2019: First Grand Slam quarterfinal, top 10, poor year-end season

Khachanov, 2019

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.

2020: ATP Cup semifinals, Fourth consecutive French Open fourth round

Khachanov, 2020

Khachanov entered the Auckland Open as third-seeded, losing the first match against John Millman.

He then joined team Russia, also consisting of Medvedev, Gabashvili and Kravchuk, at the ATP Cup. He beat four out of five players, with team Russia progressing to the semifinals, where they lost to eventual champion Serbia.

At the 2020 US Open, Khachanov beat Jannik Sinner, coming back from 2 sets down, then beat Andrey Kuznetsov, before losing to Alex de Minaur in the third round.

In Rome, Khachanov lost in the first round to Casper Ruud, but he came back to form in time for the French Open, where he reached the fourth round for a fourth consecutive year, beating Kamil Majchrzak, Ji?í Veselý and Cristian Garín, before losing to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

2021: Two ATP semifinals, First Wimbledon quarterfinal, Olympic medalist

At the 2021 Australian Open, Khachanov progressed to the third round for the third year in a row. He reached two semifinals, at the lead-up event to the AO at the 2021 Great Ocean Road Open, where he was defeated by eventual champion Jannik Sinner, and at the clay warm-up event to Rolland Garros at the 2021 Lyon Open, where he was defeated by Cameron Norrie.

At the 2021 Wimbledon Championships he reached the fourth round for the second time.[13] This marked the first time three Russian players reached the fourth round at the All England Club since 2006, when Elena Dementieva, Anastasia Myskina and Maria Sharapova made their run.[14] He continued by reaching the quarterfinals for the first time in his career, defeating Sebastian Korda in a tight match that finished in a fifth set tiebreak 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 10-8.[15] He then lost in another five-set match, against Denis Shapovalov.[16]

At the Tokyo Olympics, Khachanov defeated Yoshihito Nishioka, James Duckworth, Diego Schwartzman and Ugo Humbert to reach the semi-finals. There, he defeated Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets, to guarantee himself at least a silver medal. He will face Alexander Zverev in the gold medal match.

Playing style and coaching team

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. 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 leaving room for improvement to become a more all-round player.

For a time, Khachanov was coached by Igor Bitsenko in Moscow and Vedran Marti? in Split, Croatia. In 2014 he joined 4Slam Tennis Academy led by Galo Blanco.[17][18] Khachanov parted ways with Blanco in November 2017.[19] He now trains with his previous coach Vedran Marti?.[20]


Khachanov uses Wilson H22 racquets with a 18X20 string pattern that is not available to the general public. His racquets are painted as Wilson Blade 98. He also endorses Nike apparel and shoes.

Personal life

In April 2016, he married Veronika Shkliaeva.[21][22] They welcomed their first child, a boy named David, on 14 September 2019.[23][24] Fellow tennis player Ilya Ivashka is his brother-in-law, their wives being sisters.[25][26]

Career statistics

Grand Slam tournament performance timeline

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through the 2021 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W-L Win %
Australian Open A A A Q3 2R 2R 3R 3R 3R 0 / 5 8-5 62%
French Open A A A Q2 4R 4R QF 4R 2R 0 / 5 14-5 76%
Wimbledon A A Q1 Q3 3R 4R 3R NH QF 0 / 4 11-4 73%
US Open A A Q2 2R 1R 3R 1R 3R 0 / 5 5-5 50%
Win-loss 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 6-4 9-4 8-4 7-3 7-3 0 / 19 38-19 67%

Olympic medal finals

Singles: 1 (1 pending)

Masters tournaments

Singles: 1 (1 title)

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 2018 Paris Masters Hard (i) Serbia Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-4

Doubles: 2 (2 runners-up)

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2018 Miami Open Hard Russia Andrey Rublev United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6-4, 6-7(5-7), [4-10]
Loss 2019 Paris Masters Hard (i) Russia Andrey Rublev France Pierre-Hugues Herbert
France Nicolas Mahut
4-6, 1-6


  • Player of the Year[28]
  • Team of the Year[29]


  1. ^ Russian: ? , IPA: [k?'r?n x?'t?an?f]


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  21. ^ Khachanov: Married and Dangerous
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  29. ^ «? »-2019 [2019 Russian Cup] (in Russian). RTF. 3 December 2019. Retrieved 2019.

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