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‘I know how to get there’ – Karen Khachanov sets his sights on Top 10 return

Russian star Karen Khachanov has his sights firmly set on a return to the Top 10 and vows he ‘knows how to get there’.

The world number 31 is currently competing on home soil at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, an event he won back in 2018 with victory over Adrian Mannarino.

The 25-year-old reached a career-high ranking of world number eight in July 2019 after a breakthrough year in 2018 saw him lift three titles including the Paris Masters.

Since then, the Russian is yet to win a tour level event, though did enjoy an impressive run at the Tokyo Olympics to take home a silver medal.

Now ranked 23 places below his career-high, Khachanov is eager to return to the Top 10 after the ATP changed their ranking process to the method used prior to the pandemic.

“The rankings turned out to be a big pun, it was frozen for a year and a half, only now normal counting has begun. I am not fixated on this,” Khachanov told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday.

“My main goal is to get back to the Top 10. I know how to get there. And the intermediate goals are to be healthy and motivated.”

Khachanov has been situated outside of the Top 10 since October 2019, matching his trophy-less run on the tour.

He is currently coached by Jose Clavet, who has an impressive resume having worked with Feliciano Lopez, Alex Corretja, Tommy Robredo and Carlos Moya.

“He travels with me everywhere, for which I am grateful to him. I trust him as a specialist, as a coach and as a friend,” Khachanov said of Clavet.

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