2019 Rogers Cup – Karen Khachanov vs Stan Wawrinka Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Karen Khachanov vs Stan Wawrinka taking place? IGA Stadium, Montreal

When is Karen Khachanov vs Stan Wawrinka on and what time does it start? Monday 5th August, 2019 – 23:30 (UK)

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

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

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

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting:
Stan Wawrinka beat Karen Khachanov 7-6, 6-4

KAREN KHACHANOV

  • Karen Khachanov received a bye to the second round of the Singles draw of the Montreal Open but will play alongside Radu Albot in the Men’s Doubles first round the night before.
  • The Russian is at a career-high 8th in the ATP world rankings after an excellent season but he exited the recent Washington Open at the earliest opportunity after a three-set defeat to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
  • Khachanov is on the wrong end of a 2-0 head-to-head record with Stan Wawrinka with both losses coming on hard courts in Russia last year and Qatar earlier this year.

STAN WAWRINKA

  • Stan Wawrinka beat Grigor Dimitrov for the third time in just over a year in the first round of the Montreal Open to set up a third meeting with Karen Khachanov.
  • The Swiss number two is returning well from injury and has moved up to 22 in the ATP world rankings from 66 at the turn of the year, with a 22-14 record.
  • The 24-year-old reached the semi-finals of this tournament back in 2016 before Kei Nishikori knocked him out and he lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal last year.

THE PREDICTION

This should be a highly entertaining match between two powerhouses, with a result difficult to call in the current climate. Karen Khachanov holds the better rank at eight in the world but the numbers belie a player who has a vulnerability in his young game, as depicted by his two Grand Slam losses to Roberto Bautista Agut this year and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s win last week. The 23-year-old has clear ability, and may well prove it against Stan Wawrinka, but the Swiss shades this contest in the mentality department. For want of a safer call, this match could go to a decider. If you’re feeling brave, Stan has the experience to grind out a win.

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