Khachanov Wins First ATP Title, Berdych Boosts London Chances
Steen Kirby, Tennis Atlantic
20 year old Karen Khachanov has played just 17 tour level matches this year, but the young gun Russian now has his first ever ATP title after he came back from a set down to defeat veteran Albert Ramos in the Chengdu final. Khachanov battled hard to prevail 6-7 7-6 6-3. He looked at ease on the surface, and in front of a loud crowd. Ramos for his part was playing in his first final in four years. The 28 year old normally prefers clay, but he continues to move up the rankings despite the finals loss.
Khachanov beat Joao Sousa, Adrian Mannarino, Feliciano Lopez, and Viktor Troicki dropping a set only to Mannarino on the week. Expect to see much more from this young Russian next season.
Ramos defeated Michael Berrer and Rendy Lu in three sets, Dominic Thiem in a straight set upset, and Grigor Dimitrov in a third set tiebreak, as a hungry Dimitrov was denied his shot at an ATP title.
Raaven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram combined for the doubles title over Pablo Carreno Busta and Mariusz Fyrstenberg.
Tomas Berdych captured his first ATP title of the season and boosted his chances of qualifying for the World Tour finals in London with a hard fought win over Richard Gasquet. Berdych won 7-6 6-7 6-3, as he had a chance to close the match out in straights, but failed to do so. Gasquet battled back, but slipped up when it mattered in the third set.
We’ll look ahead to London soon, but in the meantime click here for a great look at the odds for the favorites to take the World Tour finals.
Berdych beat Mikhail Kukushkin, Jiri Vesely, and Thomaz Bellucci last week, Gasquet beat Andrew Whittington and Mischa Zverev before getting a retirement against Janko Tipsarevic in the semis.
Fabio Fognini and Robert Lindstedt won the doubles title over Oliver Marach and Fabrice Martin.