Fourth seeded Russian Karen Khachanov who has endured an inconsistent season will play Italian sixth seed Fabio Fognini in the quarterfinal of the 2019 China Open in Beijing on Friday, October 4. The match will start not before 2:30 pm local time (5:30 am BST). You can find the Karen Khachanov v Fabio Fognini live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Karen Khachanov v Fabio Fognini Head to Head
This will be a first-ever meeting on tour between Khachanov and Fognini.
Can Khachanov Win It All?
Since his breathtaking run to the title at the Paris Masters last year, Karen Khachanov is yet to put his hands on another ATP tour title, performing dismally all year without any notable success.
His achievement in Bercy was widely expected to be the platform of more success at the major events of 2019, but instead he has struggled massively to recapture that form. If the Russian fails to rediscover his Paris magic, he could be in danger of falling down the rankings to outside the Top 20, and consequently ending his slim hopes of qualifying for London.
The 23-year-old has so far produced two neat wins in Beijing over Pablo Cuevas and Jeremy Chardy to reach the quarterfinals. He is looking to ignite his season with a title win, just a few weeks before traveling to Paris for his title defense.
Fognini Makes Second Quarterfinal Since Rogers Cup
Fabio Fognini may have lost early at the US Open against big serving Opelka, but his results during the summer season have been impressive to say the least. After retiring hurt in Umag, the fiery Italian reached three successive quarterfinals at his next three tournaments.
And now in his fourth last four showdown in the second phase of the season, Fognini confessed to having ankle issues but is not looking to have a break anytime soon. He is scheduled to play at the Shanghai Masters next week.
The 32-year-old also admitted he will end his landmark season by splitting with coach Franco Davin who guided him to five titles during their three-year partnership – the most significant of which came at the Monte Carlo Masters in April this year.
Khachanov v Fognini Predictions & Tips
Khachanov has been misfiring with his powerful game for much of the season and this is a dangerous match for him if he is not up to scratch. When Fognini is in the mood,his ability to crunch winners from anywhere can be problematic for the Russian whose movement is not the best.
Tip: Fognini to win: 6/4 (888Sport)