Basilashvili Defeats Khachanov at Dubai Tennis Championships

Georgian tennis player Nikoloz Basiashvili has defeated Karen Khachanov in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championship on February 25.

Ranked 19, Basiashvili was not expected to beat the Russian player Khachanov who was seeded 4th in the competition. He played a strong game to beat Khachanov 6-4, 6-1 in 69 minutes.

“I’m quite surprised, for sure,” said Basilashvili after the match. “I know Karen is not having his best time at this moment. But I also did not have a great beginning of the season.” 

“I was able to manage my nerves just (for the) whole match, especially in the windy conditions. It was really tough, (and I’m) really happy for sure.” 

The Dubai Tennis Championships will conclude on March 2.

By Amy Jones

Photo source – Be in sports 

25 February 2019 20:33