Karen Khachanov believes the ATP’s younger weapons are ‘now not that far in the back of’ Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal, and says he’s decided to dethrone them earlier than they retire.
The Russian has risen to quantity 8 within the present-day international rankings.
That’s despite some months of conflict after he changed his racket following his seize of the Paris Masters crown closing season, which he received after beating Djokovic within the final.
And, after switching back to his vintage racket and rediscovering his form, Khachanov is putting a few lofty desires for himself.
It would be great to be able to secure my place in the top-ten, considering that I did not start the season well,” Khachanov told RBC Sport.
“Last year my goal was to finish in the top 20, and I finished 11th. If you can end up with a better goal than you proposed, then even better, but you cannot take anything for granted because everything can change in a tournament. I would love to be able to meet my goals while the big three continues to play. I am happy to play against them in several tournaments, having won against Djokovic in Paris. Yes, they are the ones who win the Grand Slams, but if you notice, [Alexander] Zverev, [Stefanos] Tsitsipas, [Daniil] Medvedev, these players are the ones who are already in the top ten with the rest of the legends. We are at a good level and I do not think we are that far from them, but we cannot relax for a moment.”