Khachanov Claims Second ATP World Tour Title with Win at Open 13
(February 25, 2018) Karen Khachanov won his second ATP World Tour title as he defeated third seed Lucas Pouille 7-5, 3-6 7-5 to claim the Open 13 Provence title in Marseille on Sunday
The ninth seeded Russian is the first player who competed at last year’s inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals to win multiple ATP World Tour titles.
“It is the second title in my career, so I am extremely happy,” said Khachanov. “I just need to keep working and keep going. I think both of us played a good match, really solid, and just a few points made the difference.”
“I felt I was playing good here from the first day. It’s nice to play on a full court in the final, and I hope to come back next year.”
Frenchman Pouille was hoping to claim his second trophy on home soil in three weeks after winning the Open Sud de France.
“It was a good week,” said Pouille. “Karen is a young player who will be Top 20 soon. Congrats to him. Overall it was a great match… Another final is always positive. I hope that I can continue to play well in the next few weeks.”
In the doubles, top seeds Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus came from a set down to beat Marcus Daniell and Dominic Inglot for the doubles title 6-7(2), 6-3, 10-4.
Klaasen and Venus won their first tour-level doubles title as a team in just their fourth tour-level event together. They began their partnership last month at the ASB Classic in Auckland.
“It was a lot of fun today to play in front of such a big and enthusiastic crowd,” said Klaasen. “I am happy to celebrate our first title together.”
Venus said:”We have been working hard on the practice court, and every time we have been out there competing, we have felt like we have gotten more comfortable with each other. We are really excited to get the title here and keep Building on it.”