Khachanov relishes elite tests
Karen Khachanov says he doesn't feel intimidated when he takes on the likes of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
The Russian has lost his only meeting with Federer and is level at one win each with Djokovic in their head-to-head record, having won their most recent meeting in the final of the Paris Masters last year.
Nadal has proven to be a tougher opponent for the 23-year-old from Moscow as he has lost all six of their clashes so far.
However, the Spaniard has won five of the last eight sets they have contested via tie breaks and Khachanov feels he has competed well whenever he has taken on the 18-time Grand Slam winner.
The world number eight says the big three may have a psychological advantage over most players on the ATP Tour but he insists he isn't among those who are daunted by the prospect of facing the trio, who between them hold 54 major titles.
"I agree, that often happens," he said when asked if Federer, Djokovic and Nadal have a mental edge over the rest of the players when they play matches. "But with me, it doesn't happen. The matches with Nadal were decided by just a few balls.
"I think the final with Novak Djokovic in the Paris Masters showed I can beat the best players."
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