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Khachanov beats Mannarino to win Kremlin Cup

Karen Khachanov

Karen Khachanov of Russia, right, holds the trophy after winning the final match of the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament against Adrian Mannarino of France in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)


MOSCOW -- Karen Khachanov breezed past Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 6-2 to win his third career ATP title at the Kremlin Cup on Sunday.

Khachanov’s powerful serve dictated the match, as it has done all tournament. He fired in six aces and wrapped up the win in 55 minutes.

The 22-year-old Russian was only broken once all week and faced a single break point against Mannarino, which he saved.

Khachanov has won all three of his tour finals to date, including a win in Marseille in February, while Mannarino has lost all six of the finals he has played.

Victory means Khachanov is guaranteed to enter the top 20 in the rankings for the first time, surpassing Daniil Medvedev as the top-ranked Russian.