The end result
At the tender age of 22, Khachanov already has an impressive CV. He started 2018 ranked No.45 and ended it knocking on the door of the world’s top 10. A run of 11 win in 12 matches saw him mop up the titles in Moscow and Bercy to bring his tally of titles for the year to three and his career tally to four. Better still, he has never lost in a final which helped settle his nerves considerably before he took on the new No.1, Novak Djokovic, for the trophy in Bercy.
“I didn't play still so many finals but it's a good stat I would say: 4-0,” he said with his first Masters 1000 title firmly in his grasp (there are bound to be more). “Honestly, it was in back of my mind even when I was going today on the biggest final, like, let's say in Masters 1000 against Novak. Still I was thinking, Okay, he has, I don't know, 70, 80 titles. But I have three. But 3-0, you know? So maybe it was in the back of my mind.”
When he arrived in Paris for his last tournament of the season, he had notched up three wins against top 10 players in his three years on the tour – not a bad record for a young hopeful working his way up the rankings. But then, in the space of a week, he picked off another four – John Isner, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Djokovic – and dropped only one set in the process.