2019 Madrid Open – Fernando Verdasco vs Karen Khachanov Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

Where is Fernando Verdasco vs Karen Khachanov taking place? The Magic Box, Madrid

When is Fernando Verdasco vs Karen Khachanov on and what time does it start? Tuesday 7th May, 2019 – 19:00 (UK)

What channel is Fernando Verdasco vs Karen Khachanov on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Fernando Verdasco vs Karen Khachanov? This match will be streamed live for subscribers of Amazon Prime

Where can I get tickets for Fernando Verdasco vs Karen Khachanov? https://www.madrid-open.com/en/tickets-mutua-madrid-open/

THE LOWDOWN

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FERNANDO VERDASCO

  • Fernando Verdasco won his ninth game of the season as he beat Romanian Radu Albot 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 to advance to the second round.
  • 35-year old Verdasco has been in poor form this season and missed both Indian Wells and Miami due to the birth of his first son.
  • Verdasco is currently ranked 38th in the world and his last title was the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in 2016.

KAREN KHACHANOV

  • Khachanov battled past wild card Jaume Munar 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 in three hours to snap a five-match losing streak and progress to the second round.
  • Khachanov's decision to switch rackets at the beginning of the year proved disastrous as he has struggled for form with a 7-10 record.
  • Karen Khachanov has clinched four ATP titles, with his last the ATP Master 1000 Paris in 2018.

THE PREDICTION

Fernando Verdasco and Karen Khachanov both have powerful groundstrokes and the Russian will face a tough challenge against the Spanish veteran who has won five of his seven ATP World Tour titles on clay. Expect Verdasco to make his clay-court expertise count and win his first encounter with Khachanov in three sets in front of his home Madrid crowd.