The Vienna Open kick-starts on October 21 with a first round match that will see Karen Khachanov taking on Hubert Hurkacz. The event will take place between October 21-27 in Austria. The match is scheduled to start at 6.30 pm local time (5.30 pm BST). You can get all the Karen Khachanov v Hubert Hurkacz live streaming options along with the preview, tips and head to head statistics here.
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Karen Khachanov v Hubert Hurkacz Head to Head
Khachanov and Hurkacz will meet for the first time on 21 October at the Vienna Open.
A Rewarding Season for Khachanov
Although he reached the round of 32 at Australian Open, Khachanov had a slow start to the season. Apart from the slam, he managed to win just one match in his first five tournaments. But his poor start changed when the young talent managed a run to the quarterfinals of the Indian Wells Masters.
He was unable to keep his form going, as he once again won just one match in his next five events. He showed a little more promise at the Rome Masters, avenging his Australian Open defeat to Roberto Bautista-Agut and reaching the round of 16. After this, the course of the season then took a positive turn for him. He reached his first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinals at Roland Garros, beating Juan Martin del Potro, before losing to Dominic Thiem.
Wimbledon saw Khachanov face Bautista-Agut for the third time in the season. The Spaniard was in great form at the Championship and had a relatively easy time beating Khachanov 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-1. The Russian continued his good form, managing a run into the semifinals of the Montreal Masters.
The 22-year-old had an impressive week in Canada, as he beat Stan Wawrinka, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alexander Zverev, finally losing to compatriot Daniil Medvedev in the semifinal. Khachanov had a little dip in form once again, losing early at the Cincinnati Masters and going out of the US Open in the very first round. He added another semifinal appearance to his name at the China Open in September.
The season has seen Khachanov sit on his career-best ranking of world No. 8. This is surely a a sign that points towards an even brighter future for the Russian young gun.
Hurkacz Enjoying a Wonderful Season
Hubert Hurkacz is a name not many had heard of at the start of the season. The Pole has changed this with a wonderful season behind him, with many believing him able to reach greater heights in the future.
A good start saw him win an ATP Challenger title at Canberra just before the Australian Open, but could not find his touch at the slam, losing in the first round. The 22 year-old had some trouble raking up wins in the next few events he played in, although he did upset Kei Nishikori in the round of 16 at the Dubai Open.
Hurkacz followed this up with an impressive run into the quarterfinals of the Indian Wells Masters, where he lost to Roger Federer. He once again beat Nishikori in the round of 32. This run into the last eight caught everyone’s attention. He continued his good form into the next event, the Miami Masters. Once again he raked up impressive wins against Matteo Berrettini and Dominic Thiem, eventually losing to Auger-Aliassime.
The Polish youngster started his clay season poorly, losing in the first rounds of Monte Carlo Masters and Budapest Open, before once caught the eye of the tennis world again by reaching the round of 16 at Madrid Masters. Hurkacz looked to have depleted himself a little after this; he lost his first match in his next four ATP World Tour events, including Roland Garros.
The Montreal Masters saw him reach the round of 16 again, having beaten Stefanos Tsitsipas in the previous round.
having lost in the first round of the Montreal Masters, Hurkacz made a strong comeback to win his first ever ATP title at the ATP 250 Winston-Salem Open. However, he was unable to follow this up with a good showing, losing the first round of his next three tournaments, including US Open. He did manage another round of 16 appearance at the Shanghai Masters, where he was beaten by Tsitsipas.
This breakthrough season has seen the youngster catapult himself in the rankings. Having started the season at No. 88 in the world, he now sits at his career-best ranking of No. 33.
Khachanov v Hurkacz Tips and Predictions
Khachanov will go into the clash as the favourite, albeit slightly. The Russian is out of the running for the ATP Tour Finals but will want to finish the season strongly nevertheless. The power-hitting of the Russian can blow away anyone as he showed us last season at the Paris Masters against Novak Djokovic.
Hurkacz has been somewhat unpredictable throughout the season. His form has shown some extreme volatility so it is hard to predict what kind of form he will show up with at Vienna. He is not someone to be taken lightly and will definitely put up a fight.
Expect a tight match with some pure shot-making and two good players coming back into form.
Tip: Khachanov to win in straight sets: 13/10 with 888Sport