World number nine Karen Khachanov will be up against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics in their second round match at the 2019 Vienna Open on Wednesday, October 23. The match is yet to be scheduled. You can find the Karen Khachanov v Marton Fucsovics live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Karen Khachanov v Marton Fucsovics Head to Head
They have played each other just once before this with Fucsovics, the 67th-ranked player having beaten Khachanov in that Davis Cup tie of 2017.
Disappointing Year for Khachanov So Far
With three titles for Khachanov last year including the Paris Masters where he bettered Novak Djokovic in the final, a lot more was expected from the Russian this season. Unfortunately, nothing’s come to fruition for him, with not a single title won so far.
In fact, why title victories, he is yet to make it to the final of any tournament this season, with his best performances coming in Montreal and Beijing where he made semifinal exits. Even more recently, losses to Fabio Fognini at Shanghai – a player who has himself struggled apart from on clay – and to Andreas Seppi at Moscow would have hurt.
He registered a 6-4, 7-6 win over Hubert Hurkacz in the first round of the tournament here. Now indoor hard court surfaces are his favourite given all his three titles came on this surface but this year, he has been 2-4 on them. Can he go deeper into this tournament?
Fucsovics Has Issues of His Own
Fucsovics is a qualifier at Vienna, having beaten an upcoming player in Egor Gerasimov in one of the matches before romping past Lorenzo Sonego in his opener in straight sets.
These three wins – including two at the qualifying – would come as bit of a relief for the Hungarian, after having entered the tournament on the back of three straight losses. In fact this year, having played in qualifying in just three tournaments in all, he has had a 24-27 win-loss record.
The last time that Fucsovics won two matches in a row in the main draw of a tournament was in Stuttgart on grass, and coming on a back of a fairly decent first half of the year, this has been a sour disappointment.
Karen Khachanov v Marton Fucsovics Predictions & Tips
Now while Khachanov has had form issues of his own, he is up against a player whose form has been even scratchier than his own. Khachanov won’t just be a favourite but on his favourite surface should win the match in two straight sets to make it to the quarter-finals.
Tip: Khachaov to win in straight sets: 26/25 with 888Sport