The second seeded Karen Khachanov will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in the second round of the ATP Washington Open on Tuesday, July 30. The match is scheduled from 6 pm local time (12 pm BST) and you can find the Karen Khachanov v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Karen Khachanov v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Head to Head
The pair have played each other twice before, both in 2017, with Tsonga winning on each occasion. First he thrashed the Russian on the clay of Lyon for the loss of just four games, and then the pair enjoyed a closer battle on the hard courts of Vienna, with Tsonga clinching the match in the third and deciding set.
Khachanov Ranking Boosted by Roland Garros Exploits
World number eight Khachanov is now at an all-time ATP world ranking thanks to his surprise run to the quarter-finals in Roland Garros in June. That built on his success of last year when he became the first male Russian player in almost a decade to win a Masters event, when he claimed victory in Paris last October.
Prior to the run at Roland Garros, Khachanov had not enjoyed a particularly good year on tour in 2019, with a string of indifferent results, although he has subsequently reached the quarter-final in Halle as well.
The last tournament he played was Wimbledon where he reached the third round, only to go down to the eventual surprise semi-finalist, Roberto Batuista-Agut of Spain, in straight sets.
Tsonga will be a Dangerous Second Round Opponent
Tsonga, at 34 years old, is now getting to the veteran stage of a long and successful career, which has seen him claim 17 ATP singles titles. yet a string of injuries in 2018 threatened to bring an early end to his career, and he has had to battle his way back up the world rankings this year.
That comeback bore fruit when he claimed his 17th career title as a wildcard in Montpellier in February, and he also reached the semi-finals in both Brisbane and Marrakech. Since then his results have tailed off, and he will be hoping to find some form again in North America.
He got his challenge here off to a good start on Monday, defeating Canadian qualifier Bryan Schnur in straight sets, wrapping up victory in an hour and 28 minutes. Schnur competed bravely but could not match the Tsonga serve – the Frenchman served 18 aces to two for the Canadian.
Khachanov v Tsonga Predictions & Tips
This is a very tight match to call. Khachanov is the marginal favourite at 19/20, whilst Tsonga is even money. The Russian would have certainly preferred a much easier opponent at this stage of the event, and an upset cannot be ruled out. Expect the match to go to three sets, and tie-breaks may well be involved.
Tip: Tsonga to win in three sets: 15/4 (888Sport)