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Khachanov vs Mannarino ATP Moscow live streaming, preview and tips - Khachanov gunning for third ATP title at the Kremlin Cup

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 21 Oct 2018
  • Karen Khachanov vs Adrian Mannarino is live from Moscow at 4.00pm local time on Sunday (2.00pm BST)
  • Khachanov has won both of their previous tour-level meetings
Karen Khachanov (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Karen Khachanov targets his second ATP World Tour title of the season when he takes on the unorthodox Adrian Mannarino in the Kremlin Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.

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Rising star Karen Khachanov looks to delight home fans and take his career-best season to new heights when he squares off against World No. 49 Adrian Mannarino in the Kremlin Cup final on Sunday.

Khachanov has defeated some very solid players in reaching his first Moscow final, taking out the always-dangerous Lukas Rosol in the opening round in straight sets before registering another straight sets victory against Sofia champion Mirza Basic in the quarter-finals. Khachanov was then forced to raise his level as he came up against countryman, fellow young gun and recently-crowned Tokyo champion Daniil Medvedev in Saturday’s semi-finals, recovering from dropping the second set in a tiebreaker to emerge triumphant 6-1 6-7(5) 6-3.

“I think it’s a great result for me. It’s my first final at the Kremlin Cup. Finally, I made it, and it was especially nice to play in front of such a crowd,” Khachanov said. “It’s tough to play against Daniil on court because we are good friends. He’s having a good season, showing good results this year. I’m happy I won. It’s one of those matches that we will be playing many more down the road.”

Touted as a future top 10 player and Grand Slam champion for the last few years now, Khachanov had been hovering around the 30-70 mark in the rankings since capturing his first ATP World Tour title in Chengdu in 2016, but the 22-year-old has landed some significant milestones this season, securing his second career title in Marseille, reaching the fourth rounds at Roland Garros and Wimbledon and making his maiden ATP Masters 1000 semi-final in Toronto last month, scoring his first top 10 win of the year over John Isner before going down to Rafael Nadal.

Khachanov went on to make the Round of 16 in Cincinnati and the third round of the U.S. Open, where he was involved in one of the matches of the tournament against Nadal, with the Russian eventually succumbing in four sets in a match that lasted over four hours. Khachanov’s run on North American hardcourts seemingly took a lot out of him as he failed to win back-to-back matches during the Asian swing, losing in the first round of St. Petersburg and the second rounds of Beijing and Shanghai - although those defeats were against very good players, including Stan Wawrinka, Juan Martin del Potro and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Back into form in Moscow, can Khachanov pick up the third title of his career on Sunday?

Adrian Mannarino (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
He will come up against a man who is still seeking his first piece of ATP World Tour singles silverware. Adrian Mannarino has reached five ATP finals and has lost all of them, finishing runner-up at Auckland and Bogota in 2015, Antalya and Tokyo in 2017 and Antalya again this season, losing a tight three-setter to Damir Dzumhur.

Mannarino arrived in Moscow on the back of a six-match losing streak dating back to the second round of the Cincinnati Masters, where he took a set off Novak Djokovic. The Frenchman proceeded to lose in four sets at the U.S. Open to Frances Tiafoe before falling in the opening rounds of Metz, Chengdu, Tokyo and Shanghai. However, Mannarino has put together an impressive revival week in Moscow, prevailing against World No. 214 Evgeny Karlovskiy in a deciding set tiebreak in the opening round before posting straight sets victories over Marco Cecchinato, Egor Gerasimov and Andreas Seppi to reach the final.

Mannarino was one of the tour’s most improved players during a career-best 2017 season, with the Frenchman registering a 33-27 record as he finished runner-up at the ATP 500 Japan Open in Tokyo (along with Antalya), made his first ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final in Montreal, the semi-finals in Moscow, quarter-finals at Los Cabos and Basel and Round of 16 finishes in Miami, Monte-Carlo, Cincinnati and Wimbledon, while a quarter-final in Sydney and a third round at the Australian Open propelled him to a career-high ranking of No. 22 at the start of this season. But the 30-year-old has struggled for much of the season and also went on a six-match losing streak during the clay season, coming into Moscow at No. 49 in the world.

Khachanov has won both of their previous tour-level meetings, beating the Frenchman on the way to his Chengdu title in 2016 before registering a four-set triumph in the opening round of the Australian Open in 2017. Mannarino is always a tricky opponent, but Khachanov has the weapons to deal with the Frenchman’s unorthodox game, and if he plays like he did against Medvedev, he will be the one dictating points from the baseline - and if he executes like has has been this week, the 22-year-old will be well-positioned to take home the title.

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Khachanov vs Mannarino ATP Moscow live streaming, preview and tips - Khachanov gunning for third ATP title at the Kremlin Cup

Karen Khachanov targets his second ATP World Tour title of the season when he takes on the unorthodox Adrian Mannarino in the Kremlin Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.

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