World No.31 Karen Khachanov was delighted to return to Moscow and play in front of her home fans again. Number 3 seed Khachanov had a first-round pass in Moscow and he kicked off his campaign at the tournament on Wednesday.
Khachanov, a former world number 8, beat Australia’s James Duckworth 3-6 6-3 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals in Moscow. Khachanov, who came all the way to Moscow in 2018, is in his sixth campaign in the tournament. “It’s always nice to be back in your hometown, in a tournament where it all started for me as a professional tennis player,” Khachanov said in his on-court interview.
“[This is] where I won my first matches, I got my first points. Since then it’s always great to come home to see a crowd, [get] home support. “It is also [a] a little more nervous, of course. But on the other hand, I still like to play at home. “
Khachanov recovered from a pose to avoid shock loss
Khachanov scored two break points in the opening game of the game, but failed to convert. After failing to convert two more break points in Game 7, Khachanov lost his serve in Game 8.
Duckworth then served regularly for Game 1 of Game 9. After losing the first set, Khachanov got off to a good start in the second set as he claimed his first break of the game in game four to take a 3-1 lead in the second set.
Khachanov blew three straight break points in Game 6, but served regularly for the set in Game 9. After losing the second set, Duckworth served the opener of the third set. Duckworth’s game then fell apart as Khachanov claimed three breaks in a row and won six straight games to end the game on a high. Khachanov will then play against another Australian as his quarterfinal opponent will be John Millman.