“Makes Me Feel a Lot of Pain” – Karen Khachanov Reflects on Tokyo Olympics 2020 Journey

Published 08/02/2021, 3:27 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Gold medal match – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Karen Khachanov of the Russian Olympic Committee reacts during his gold medal match against Alexander Zverev of Germany REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov


With the tennis events coming to an end at the Olympic Games, the sport has witnessed new winners. Alexander Zverev won his first medal at his maiden Olympic Games, but he is the only name on the list. Karen Khachanov won the silver medal in the men’s singles category after losing against Zverev.

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The Russian took to Instagram to post a heartfelt message for his fans after an emotional loss at the Games.

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Silver winnings for Karen Khachanov

The Russian worked his way through to the final at the Olympics after upsetting a few opponents. And given it was his first Olympics stint, just reaching the finals was a big win itself. While getting his country a gold medal would’ve been a massive feat, Khachanov is proud of silver medal too.

It’s an honor for me to participate in the Olympic Games for the first time in my life. All week I was fighting for my country, for my family, for my team and did everything I could. The fact that I was so close to a gold medal makes me feel a lot of pain.

“However I am very proud that I could come this far and add a silver medal to the Olympic medal count for my country,” wrote Khachanov.

He looked off during his final against Alexander Zverev, eventually losing 3-6, 1-6 to the German. However, the Russian has announced himself to the world and will be one to watch out for in the future.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Karen Khachanov of the Russian Olympic Committee reacts during his semifinal match against Pablo Carreno of Spain REUTERS/Mike Segar

Khachanov’s 2021 and plans ahead

Karen Khachanov has had a decent run in 2021, enjoying a 25-16 win-loss record. However, the silver medal in Tokyo was the Russian’s biggest achievement this year. He will be heading to the US Open with a ray of hope in his eyes and an aspiration of upsetting the big guns.

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After two ATP semifinals, a quarterfinal finish at the Wimbledon Championships, and a silver medal, what’s next for Khachanov?

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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