Karen Khachanov

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Karen Khachanov
Карен Хачанов
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Khachanov at the 2019 French Open
Country (sports) Russia
ResidenceDubai, United Arab Emirates
Born (1996-05-21) 21 May 1996 (age 24)
Moscow, Russia
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Turned pro2013
(two-handed backhand)
CoachVedran Martić
Fredrik Rosengren
Prize moneyUS$ 8,585,500
Career record136–108 (55.7% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 8 (15 July 2019)
Current rankingNo. 16 (24 August 2020)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2019, 2020)
French OpenQF (2019)
Wimbledon4R (2018)
US Open3R (2018, 2020)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsAlt (2018)
Career record31–47 (39.7% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 64 (21 May 2018)
Current rankingNo. 85 (28 September 2020)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2017)
French Open2R (2017)
US Open3R (2017)
Team competitions
Davis Cup9–10
Hopman Cup3–3 (50.0%)
Last updated on: 5 October 2020.
Medal record
Men's tennis
Representing  Russia
Youth Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2014 Nanjing Doubles

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.

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.[2][3] Khachanov parted ways with Blanco in November 2017.[4] Now he trains with his previous coach Vedran Martić.[5]


Early life[edit]

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,[6] 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.[7] He decided to become a professional player at 12.[8]

After Khachanov turned 15, he moved to Split, Croatia, where he trained under Vedran Martić, Goran Ivanišević's former coach. Later, he moved to Barcelona and was coached by Galo Blanco.[9]

2013: Davis Cup debut[edit]

Khachanov won the Under-18 European Championship title in July 2013 in Switzerland.[10] At age 17 and 157 days, he became the youngest Russian tennis player in the pro series, surpassing Mikhail Youzhny.[11] 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 titles[edit]

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 Challenger[edit]

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.

2016: First ATP title[edit]

Karen Khachanov at 2016 Erste Bank Open

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.[12] Khachanov won his first ATP tournament there, beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas in three sets.

2017: First top 10 win, Grand Slam 4th round[edit]

Khachanov, 2016

Karen reached the second round of the 2017 Australian Open. 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. In that tournament, he also won his first grass match on a professional level.[13] 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.[14]

2018: First Masters 1000 title[edit]

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.[15]

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.[16] Khachanov became the fifth Russian tennis player to reach a Masters tournament, after Marat Safin, Andrey Chesnokov, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Nikolay Davydenko.[17]

2019: Major quarterfinal, top 10, poor year-end season[edit]

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: Drops in form[edit]

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 his team progressing to the semifinals.

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.

Playing Style[edit]

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. He uses Wilson H22 racquets with 18X20 string pattern that is not available to general public. His racquets are painted as Wilson Blade 98.

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.


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[edit]

In April 2016, he married Veronika Shkliaeva.[18][19] They welcomed their first child, a boy, on 14 September 2019.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Slam tournament performance timeline[edit]

(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 2020 French Open.

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L Win %
Australian Open A A A Q3 2R 2R 3R 3R 0 / 4 6–4 60%
French Open A A A Q2 4R 4R QF 4R 0 / 4 13–4 76%
Wimbledon A A Q1 Q3 3R 4R 3R NH 0 / 3 7–3 70%
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 0–0 0 / 16 31–16 66%

Masters tournaments[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

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

Doubles: 2 (2 runners-up)[edit]

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[22]
  • Team of the Year[23]


  1. ^ ATP Rankings
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ 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.
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  6. ^ "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.
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  10. ^ "2013 European Junior Championships". ITF. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ Khachanov Wins NextGenATP Battle To Reach Halle SF
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "Khachanov Returns To The Winners' Circle In Marseille". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  16. ^ Khachanov Stuns Djokovic For Maiden Masters 1000 Crown
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ Khachanov: Married and Dangerous
  19. ^ ""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.
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  23. ^ «Русский Кубок»-2019 [2019 Russian Cup] (in Russian). RTF. 3 December 2019. Retrieved 3 December 2019.

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