Karen Khachanov captured his maiden ATP World Tour title on Sunday in Chengdu, China, defeating Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 6-3. After dropping the first set and in danger of losing the match in two tiebreakers, Khachanov used his potent backhand to breeze through the second set tiebreaker and the final set. Striking 14 aces and winning 74 percent of his first serve points, Khachanov needed two hours and 39 minutes to win the encounter.

Currently ranked No. 101 in the world, Khachanov is set to hit a career high ranking of approximately No. 53 in the world on Monday. The 20-year-old, who stands at 6’6″, owns a powerful game baseline and a massive serve.

Ramos-Vinolas, who was vying for his second title of 2016, fell to 30-26 on the year.



Defending champion Tomas Berdych defended his title at the Shenzhen Open in China on Sunday, ousting Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 6-3. In a topsy-turvy match that featured five total breaks of serve, it was Berdych who stepped up his game in the final set to capture his 13th career title and his eighth victory against Gasquet in 15 meetings.

Missing the US Open due to appendicitis, Berdych is currently ranked No. 9 in world and will continue his fall journey toward qualifying for the elite eight at the World Tour Finals in London, England.

Gasquet, who has also been hampered by injuries as of late, was aiming to win his 14th career Tour title.


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