Khachanov Qualifies For Next Gen ATP Finals
Karen Khachanov will compete at the Next Gen ATP Finals next month, joining fellow Russian Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev of Germany at the inaugural event, to be held 7-11 November in Milan. Khachanov qualified based on results at ATP World Tour 250 events on Thursday.
The 20-year-old Moscow native has received rave reviews from the tennis world this year, his second season on the ATP World Tour. The 6'6” right-hander has reminded longtime tennis fans and pundits of another big-hitting and quick-moving Russian, 6'4” Marat Safin, who reached No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and won 15 tour-level titles before retiring in November 2009.
Khachanov celebrated his first ATP World Tour title more than a year ago, at the Chengdu Open in China. He backed up his maiden crown this season, reaching four quarter-finals – Barcelona, Lyon, Bastad and Hamburg – and the semi-finals at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle (l. to Federer). Khachanov also performed well on the game's biggest stages, reaching the fourth round at Roland Garros and the third round at Wimbledon. He also made the third round at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Cincinnati in August (l. to Sugita).
With Khachanov, Rublev and Zverev qualified, four qualification spots now remain in the eight-player Next Gen ATP Finals. Seven of the eight spots will be determined by the Emirates ATP Race To Milan, which ends on 30 October. The eighth spot will be given to the winner of an Italian 21-and-under tournament.