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Karen Khachanov Wins the Qatar Open by Beating Young Player Jakub Mensik

<p>In the Qatar Open final on Saturday, Karen Khachanov defeated Jakub Mensik in straight sets, preventing him from becoming the tenth youngest ATP winner.</p>
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<p>The 17th-ranked Russian defeated Mensik, who is 18 years old and the youngest finalist at a tour tournament since Carlos Alcaraz in Umag in 2021, 7-6 (14/12), 6-4 to win her sixth career championship.</p>
<p>Not losing a set all week, Khachanov said on the court that “every title is a special one.”</p>
<p>“Your goal is to win every time. In the end, you compete every week and we play around 22 events a season. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful trophies in Doha.</p>
<p>Mensik, a young Czech who is now ranked 116 and would crack the top 100 the following week, was competing in only his third major draw tournament after making breakthrough runs to the US Open’s third round in 2023 and the Australian Open’s second round the previous month.</p>
<p>He defeated first seed Andrey Rublev and former world number one Andy Murray in route to the Doha final.</p>
<p>In a lengthy first round on Saturday, he had opportunities when his Russian opponent, 27, saved four set points.</p>
<p>“I believed that yesterday’s tie-break served as practice for today,” Khachanov said. On Friday, he had defeated Alexei Popyrin 14–12 in the semifinals.</p>
<p>“I was shocked to see that the score and tie-break were the same today. I persevered, and I’m overjoyed to have won the first set. It really encouraged me and gave me the confidence I needed to go up in the next.</p>
<p>The young Czech also faced Khachanov with 16 aces.</p>
<p>“For a brief moment, I believed I was playing John Isner instead of Jakub Mensik today,” the Russian said.</p>

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