Following his good week at Indian Wells making the quarter finals there I saw Khachanov’s name pop against Jordan Thompson from Australia.
An hour later, I’m sat here and I cannot tell you what I have just watched.
His season lacked spark before Indian Wells but the way he performed against the Australian was bizarre.
6-2 6-3, no matter how you look at it the Russian got thumped but he didn’t help himself out at all.
37% of second serves won
32 unforced errors
23 forehand unforced errors
Early on it was a bit tense and messy with the serve failing to land in, everyones just wild and long.
The unforced errors tell a story of a messy performance but everything was over-cooked. The forehand in particular was closer to the back fence at times, it really was a bizarre performances from the 10th seed.
On the other hand you have to praise Jordan Thompson for what he did, he dealt the card he was given well. He kept balls in play and was a frustration to the Russian who struggled to get him moving.
He was strong off both wings and that is the basics you ask for in a match.