2019 Rogers Cup – Karen Khachanov vs Alexander Zverev Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Karen Khachanov vs Alexander Zverev taking place? IGA Stadium, Montreal

When is Karen Khachanov vs Alexander Zverev on and what time does it start? Friday 9th August, 2019 – 19:00 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Karen Khachanov vs Alexander Zverev? Partly cloudy with a temperature around 20c

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

Where can I stream Karen Khachanov vs Alexander Zverev? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match on their platform

Where can I get tickets for Karen Khachanov vs Alexander Zverev? https://sport.bt.com/live-on-bt-sport-01364117948039

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting:
Karen Khachanov beat Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-2

KAREN KHACHANOV

  • 23-year-old Karen Khachanov played the pantomime villain after going a set down to Canadian starlet Felix Auger-Aliassime before responding to win in three sets.
  • The Russian has played out two hard-fought three-set matches now after a second-round battle with Stan Wawrinka with both seeing a hectic amount of breaks of serve, seven in total with Wawrinka and 12 with Auger-Aliassime.
  • Khachanov went on a straight-sets run to the semi-finals of last year’s Rogers Cup where he then lost in two to the eventual champion Rafael Nadal.

ALEXANDER ZVEREV

  • World number seven Alexander Zverev won a tense third-set deciding tie-break against the quickly-improving Nikoloz Basilashvili to reach the quarter-finals in this tournament for the third consecutive year.
  • The 22-year-old was also playing in the Men’s Doubles at the Rogers Cup with Andrey Rublev but they lost their quarter-final on Thursday, to leave his focus resolutely on this Singles campaign.
  • Zverev leads a 2-1 head-to-head record over Karen Khachanov but lost to the Russian in their previous meeting on a hard court at the Paris Masters last year.

THE PREDICTION

Their head-to-head record suggests Alexander Zverev holds the advantage here but the three matches played between Zverev and Karen Khachanov suggest a changing of the guard between the world number seven and eight respectively. Zverev won their first encounter back in 2016 in straight sets before taking the spoils in a five-set tussle at Roland Garros last year, but the Russian then won their most recent match on a hard court in his title-winning Paris Masters campaign. With both players favouring the hard court, this should be an intense match between two young, incredibly fit players. A deciding set will probably be required to separate them, with Khachanov a brave call to progress.

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