The 12th racket of the world, Russian Karen Khachanov, lost to Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, who occupies the 19th line of the ATP rating, with a 4/6, 1/6 score at the start of the tournament in Dubai.
The match lasted 1 hour and 9 minutes. During this time, the 22-year-old Khachanov four times through the power, made three double mistakes and did not make a single break, and the 27-year-old Basilashvili performed five aces, made four wrong mistakes when serving, and implemented three break points.
Previously, the score in personal meetings was 2: 2. The next opponent of Basilashvili in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships will be the Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut or the Indian Ramkumar Ramanathan.