ATP Sport Tennis

No 17. Karen Khachanov

After winning three titles that included a Masters 1000 in Paris in 2018 Khachanov experienced a weaker follow-up season in 2019. His drop was despite reaching a career-high of 8 mid-year before he eventually fell six places to 17 by years end. KK failed to win a title but did post some excellent results such as a quarter-final run at Roland Garros and semi-final at Montreal Masters 1000. His slip in large part was due to a five-match losing streak that he snapped at Madrid.

KK is a forceful presence on the court with his 198 cm (6′ 6″) height. At 23 he is coming into the prime of his career, and I would expect him to challenge for a top 20 place again in 2020.

Words for my thoughts on KK are big, powerful, hardworking and humble.

Big: With his height, and size, he is a mountain on the court.

Powerful: KK uses his physical attributes to generate fast serves and forceful groundstrokes, especially with his forehand.

Hardworking: A behind the scenes look at KK reveals how hard he works to manage his imposing frame. Although his size is a considerable asset when serving, it does require him to do a lot of work off-court to ensure he can move well and avoid getting injured.

Humble: Far from your typical 23-year-old KK is a married family man and success does not seem to have altered his humility and respect for the game, and he comes across as very humble despite his success.

Likes: KK has a potent serve backed up with a crunching forehand. He is an outstanding example of the big serve plus one archetypal modern player. 

Dislikes: With his game style, he can be bland to watch.

Areas for improvement: Although KK has a decent forehand power-wise, it is not well-rounded. The forehand line is error-prone, and he wins too few points using the inside-in forehand. KK can also be one dimensional and needs to develop a drop shot and touch. His homework is definitely to seek out the master of the all-court game on YouTube.

By fullontennis

ATP fan and recreational tennis warrior. I like to live a plant based life, keep fit, stay healthy and improve my tennis.

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