Karen Khachanov reaches Dubai Championships second round – tennis
Karen Khachanov earned a 7-6 (7/2), 6-1 win over Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin to succeed in the second round of the Dubai Championships on Monday.
The world quantity 17, who lives within the emirate, twice hit again from a break down within the opening set earlier than cruising by the second.
“The first round is pretty tough, I always try to get used to it,” mentioned Russian Khachanov.
“I’m really happy I could get the win. I have another match, another opportunity to play better, like always, to improve.”
Khachanov mentioned he’s in his aspect in expat-dominated Dubai, which has a big Russian neighborhood.
“This year I decided to train even more here, to spend more time. I really love Dubai,” he mentioned. “It’s very international and it feels like kind of home with all the Russian people here.”
World primary Novak Djokovic faces Tunisian Malek Jaziri in a while Monday in his first match since successful a report-extending eighth Australian Open earlier this month.