Karen Khachanov vs Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev - epic tennis rivalries

Karen Khachanov has already won four ATP singles titles in his career. Here we take a look at his major rivalries so far in his career.

Karen Khachanov in a file photo. (Twitter: @Tokyo2020)

Karen Khachanov is an Olympics silver medallist. It is perhaps one of the more noteworthy achievements of his career, and it came true at the Tokyo Olympics.

He enjoyed an impressive run in the Summer Games in Tokyo. Khachanov advanced to the semi-finals of the Olympics, defeating Yoshihito Nishioka, James Duckworth, Diego Schwartzman, and Ugo Humbert.

He then went past Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets to secure at least a silver medal. In the gold medal match, however, he was defeated by Alexander Zverev.

Khachanov’s game revolves around his hard-hitting groundstrokes and serve. He is an aggressive baseline player; aiming to be offensive, he dictates the rallies using serves or his efficient forehand.

His defensive game is a bit weaker compared to his aggressive play. A quick glance at it it makes it clear this is something the Russian player needs to work on.

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But that has not stopped him from achieving what he has so far in his career. The massively talented Russian player has already won four ATP singles titles in his career.

This includes a Paris Masters title from 2018; this is also worth noting since it’s an ATP 1000 event, the highest classified of all ATP events except Grand Slams.

His career-high ranking in the ATP charts up till now has been 8, which he notched up in 2019.

Given his status as one of the sport’s most consistent players, it is thus no surprise that he has mixed it up among the best of the best.

Thus, here we are going to look at his rivalries and his head-to-head record against a number of notable players on the tour.

Karen Khachanov vs Novak Djokovic

These two have faced off 5 times, and while Djokovic has won 4 of those matches, Khachanov has often stretched him to the limit.

His sole win also came on a pretty big stage – the final of the Paris Masters in 2018.

Total matchesMatches won by KhachanovMatches won by Djokovic

Khachanov vs Alexander Zverev

Another five-match rivalry, but this one a lot closer to being somewhat level. Zverev has won 3 of these matches, with Khachanov shading the other two.

Interestingly, both of Khachanov’s wins have come in the quarterfinals of ATP Masters tournaments – he beat the German in the Paris Masters in 2018 and the Canada Masters a year later.

Total matchesMatches won by KhachanovMatches won by Zverev

Khachanov vs Cameron Norrie

These two have the closest rivalry on this list. In 4 matches, both Norrie and Khachanov have twice emerged victorious!

Total matchesMatches won by KhachanovMatches won by Norrie

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