Number 11 seed Karen Khachanov of Russia will play World No.38 Fernando Verdasco of Spain in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open on Wednesday, May 8. The timings of this match is yet to be confirmed. You can find the Karen Khachanov v Fernando Verdasco live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Karen Khachanov v Fernando Verdasco Head to Head
Khachanov and Verdasco have never played each other before.
Khachanov Picked Up A First Win On Clay in 2019
Karen Khachanov’s rise as tennis’ next generation superstar was confirmed shortly after stunning World No.1 Novak Djokovic in Bercy at the tail end of last year.
However, what transpired in the new season was a combination of sub-par performances and only one exemplary display at Indian Wells when he lost to Rafael Nadal 7-6 7-6 in the quarterfinal. In fact, the Russian has not managed to progress past the third round of any event this season bar that last eight result in the desert.
The 11th seed needed a fresh start and he produced a fantastic comeback against the talented Spaniard Jaume Munar in his opening round match in Madrid. Khachanov recovered from 0-3 deficits in both first and second sets, before winning in three sets and book his spot in the second round. That victory also ended Khachanov’s five-match losing streak dating back to Indian Wells.
The World No.13 is currently 8-10 for the season in what has been a hugely disappointing campaign. In fairness, few could have predicted such an occurrence at the start of 2019. Sometimes in tennis one good result can change things, and the Russian better believe his comeback win over Munar will serve as the catalyst of a winning run.
Verdasco is Not Faring Any Better
Khachanov’s second round opponent Fernando Verdasco’s form is also on a downward spiral. The left-hander has win-loss record 9-9 for the season. The Spaniard was a fearsome presence on the clay owing to his top-spin forehand reminiscent to Nadal, having won four of his seven career titles on the surface.
The former World No.7 might have been partially distracted after welcoming his first child in March, has managed to reach the quarterfinal in the 250 event in Sofia. That remains his best result of 2019.
Verdasco is a former quarterfinalist in Madrid having achieved that feat in 2012, but worryingly, he has yet to reach the last eight since at any of the clay-court Masters 1000 tournaments.
Khachanov v Verdasco Predictions & Tips
There will be some serious hitting from the baseline between these players whose games are embodied by power. Khachanov needed that win over Munar after playing atrociously all year. Verdasco has also been out of form but he is playing at home here and that could be a factor. I am leaning towards a three set match that could go either way.
Tip: Over 2.5 sets (888Sport)