2020 Australian Open – Mikael Ymer vs Karen Khachanov Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Mikael Ymer vs Karen Khachanov taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Mikael Ymer vs Karen Khachanov on and what time does it start? Thursday 23rd January, 2020 – 07:00 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Mikael Ymer vs Karen Khachanov? Cloudy with chance of rain, 21c

What channel is Mikael Ymer vs Karen Khachanov on? The 2020 Australian Open will be televised on Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedule for this specific match

Where can I stream Mikael Ymer vs Karen Khachanov in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

Where can I get tickets for Mikael Ymer vs Karen Khachanov? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Mikael Ymer and Karen Khachanov? N/A

THE LOWDOWN

MIKAEL YMER

  • Swedish prospect Mikael Ymer was clinical in his first round match against Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama, taking five of nine break points from his opponent in comfortable straight sets.
  • There is some hype around the 21-year-old, younger brother of Elias, and the world number 78 has beat fellow youngsters Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (in Qatar qualifying) and Frances Tiafoe so far this year.
  • Ymer won three Challenger events last season, played in the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan and managed to reach the second round of Roland-Garros, matching his Grand Slam record here.

KAREN KHACHANOV

  • Karen Khachanov took some time to get going in his first round match with Mario Vilella Martinez but after going a set down he rallied to come through in four sets.
  • World number 17 Khachanov, seeded 16th at the Australian Open, can emulate his best showing at this Grand Slam by beating Mikael Ymer as the pair meet for the first time.
  • The 23-year-old is now joint second on four ATP titles with Andrey Rublev in the talented trio of top 20 Russian players, behind world number four Daniil Medvedev’s seven.

THE PREDICTION

Mikael Ymer is an exciting young talent with plenty of potential but his straight-sets victory over Yasutaka Uchiyama is no benchmark for what he can do against a much better foe in Karen Khachanov. The Russian got off to a slow start but is well used to coming through matches having conceded a set and something similar could come of this match-up. This could see a real battle from the baselines, but world number 17 Khachanov is clearly the favourite to win.

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