The 2017 Montreal champion Alexander Zverev plays young Russian Karen Khachanov in the quarter- finals of the ATP Maters 1000 in Montreal on Friday, August 9. The match is scheduled from 2 pm local time (7 pm BST) and you can find the Alexander Zverev v Karen Khachanov live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Alexander Zverev v Karen Khachanov Head to Head
The two players have met three times on the ATP circuit with Zverev leading 2-1. The German won their first two meetings, including a thrilling five setter at the French Open last year. Khachanov won his only match against Zverev in Paris, at the ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final en route the title.
Zverev Hungry For a Title To Set Season Right
2018 year end ATP Finals winner Alexander ‘Sasha’ Zverev has had a season full of challenges, both on and off the court. It has been a year of conflicts off the court, most recently his relationship with now former coach Ivan Lendl. On the court, he has had a dip in performance with several early round losses.
The former world number three is now ranked seventh in the ATP world rankings.
Sasha Zverev won the 2017 version of the Rogers Cup, the last time the tournament was played in Montreal, where he defeated Roger Federer in the final. A repeat performance, or close to repeat performance this year will go a long way in mitigating any off-court challenges.
The former champion has not looked his best, but hung in and performed well to reach the quarter-finals. A well fought, straight sets win over young Briton Cameron Norrie, was followed by an intense and gritty win against hard-hitting Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, who had beaten Zverev en route the Hamburg title last month.
Khachanov On a High After Emotional Win
Russian Khachanov had a breakthrough 2018 and was branded as one of the players to watch out for among the upcoming next generation, especially after winning his first ATP 1000 Masters beating Novak Djokovic in the final.
The 2019 season has not been as kind to Khachanov as the previous year and the Russian has had many a disappointing loss this year. The powerful Russian continues to look to leave an impression as the leader of the pack outside the Big Three.
He is more comfortable on the faster surfaces given his naturally powerful and attacking game, and looks to resurrect his season on the North American hard courts.
Khachanov had an impressive second round win against Stanislas Wawrinka in a decider, and followed it up with an emotionally taxing three-setter against 19 year old Canadian birthday boy Felix Auger-Aliassime. The Russian even apologized to the partisan crowd for upsetting birthday celebrations of the sensational teenager.
Alexander Zverev v Karen Khachanov Predictions & Tips
Similar to the Dominic Thiem-Daniil Medvedev quarter final scheduled, this match has the make up of another clash between the “Next Gen’ of tennis. Both players ended 2018 on a high note, and have not managed to replicate their seasons or live up to exalted expectations individually thus far this season.
With very little to chose between both, we can expect another exciting match with ebbs and flows.
An evenly paired match that will be won by the better player on the day, but Khachanov’s shot making on this surface may just be too much for the currently prone to error Zverev. Predicting Khachanov to win a three-setter seems the more probable outcome.
Tip: Khachanov to win in three sets: 3/1 (888Sport)