Khachanov Wins Battle Of Big Hitters In Rotterdam
Chardy saves two match points in Humbert epic
Khachanov backed up his powerful groundstrokes by rushing the net (winning 10 of 11 points) to take time away from Wawrinka, who committed 30 unforced errors in their fourth ATP Head2Head meeting (now tied at 2-2).
"To play against Stan, especially in the first round, is always tough," said Khachanov. "I am really happy with the win, but there are always things you can improve upon. Mentally, I feel ready and I'm in good shape, so I hope to get some match wins."
In an tricky first-round encounter, Khachanov, who sits just one place behind Wawrinka at No. 21 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, broke serve in the third game of the 42-minute first set. Wawrinka hit a forehand wide at 5-5 in the second set, and Khachanov closed out with a deep forehand.
Later on day two, Jeremy Chardy saved two match points in a 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4) win over fellow Frenchman Ugo Humbert over two hours and 47 minutes. Chardy recovered from 1-4 down in the deciding set and saved match points on serve at 4-5, 15/40. He will next play sixth-seeded Belgian David Goffin or Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany.