2020 Australian Open – Nick Kyrgios vs Karen Khachanov Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Nick Kyrgios vs Karen Khachanov taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Nick Kyrgios vs Karen Khachanov on and what time does it start? Saturday 25th January, 2020 – not before 07:50 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Nick Kyrgios vs Karen Khachanov? Partly cloudy, 23c

What channel is Nick Kyrgios 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 Nick Kyrgios 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 Nick Kyrgios vs Karen Khachanov? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Nick Kyrgios and Karen Khachanov? Karen Khachanov beat Nick Kyrgios 6-7, 7-6, 6-2

THE LOWDOWN

NICK KYRGIOS

  • 24-year-old Nick Kyrgios eventually came through his second-round match against Gilles Simon but there was evidence of what he later called the “dark place” as his level dropped drastically to lose the third set.
  • The Aussie has been granted his wish of playing on his favoured Melbourne Arena once more but knows if he make sit through here he will have to the Rod Laver Arena for a likely match against Rafael Nadal.
  • Kyrgios will have to beat Karen Khachanov for the first time if he is to progress to the round of 16 for that potential blockbuster, with the Russian winning their only match to date at the Cincinnati Masters last year.

KAREN KHACHANOV

  • Karen Khachanov played out a fascinating match with young Swedish prospect Mikael Ymer and it took a fifth-set championship tiebreak to separate them after four-and-a-half hours of play.
  • The 23-year-old has not been at the peak of his powers so far, with a four-set match in the first round against a much lower-ranked Mario Vilella Martinez also showing a need to improve, but he will be feeling good after such a marathon win.
  • Khachanov has reached as far as the quarter-final stage of a Grand Slam before now, achieving that at last year’s Roland-Garros, but he has matched his personal best in Melbourne by reaching the third round.

THE PREDICTION

There will be a partisan crowd here when Nick Kyrgios and Karen Khachanov meet on the Melbourne Arena court, which the Aussie has made his home this tournament. Despite his wobble against Gilles Simon, the 24-year-old’s ability to come back from his “dark place” is a promising sign of what he can achieve this year and the presence of Lleyton Hewitt in his box can be a welcome reminder of his ATP Cup heroics at the start of 2020. Karen Khachanov would usually edge things in this match-up, but not here. The Russian is a battler, and it will more likely than not take four or five sets to beat him, but Kyrgios can draw power from the Melbourne crowd to set up that fated match with Rafael Nadal.

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