Top seeded and world number one Novak Djokovic will be gunning for a semifinal berth at the 2020 Dubai Open when he takes on Karen Khachanov in their last-eight encounter. The match will be played on Thursday, February 27 with the schedule yet to be released. You can find the Novak Djokovic v Karen Khachanov live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Novak Djokovic v Karen Khachanov Head to Head
They have faced off five times before this and Djokovic leads 4-1 on head to head. This includes their most recent meeting at the Mubadala Tennis exhibition competition earlier this year where Djokovic won in straight sets and the 2019 Davis Cup where also the Serb had no trouble getting past Khachanov.
The Russian’s only win over Djokovic came at the 2018 Paris Masters final where Khachanov won in straight set to lift his maiden – and only – Masters title.
Djokovic Juggernaut Continues to Roll
If one thought Phil Kohlschreiber would be the one to test Novak Djokovic in his previous round in Dubai, it proved to be far off the mark. Much like in his first round victory over Malek Jaziri, Djokovic wasn’t really made to work for his victory and he came through 6-3, 6-1 to complete a facile victory.
That Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament side, where he went down to Stefanos Tsitsipas in his first match, Djokovic is yet to lose a match all year. That’s a string of 15 victories without a defeat and in 11 of them, he hasn’t even dropped a set. Dominic Thiem tested him for a bit, Daniil Medvedev took a set off him and Denis Shapovalov needed him to win the final set of their match in a tie-breaker. But that’s about it.
He has registered straight-set wins over Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the process, routed Gael Monfils, Diego Schwartzman and Milos Raonic, and in general looked more clinical than how he had ended the 2019 season. In this kind of form, Khachanov will need to invoke his 2018 best to have any sort of a chance and even that might not be enough.
Can Khachanov Beat Two Novaks in a Row?
An up and down start for Khachanov has resulted in a strong showing at the ATP Cup to go with shock first round losses in Auckland and Marseille. As a result, he is 9-5 on win-loss this season, but the form in this tournament in Dubai has been excellent.
Both his first two rounds resulted in straightforward wins for Khachanov; first defeating Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6, 6-1, and then crushing Dennis Novak 6-3, 6-4 to set up this meeting with Djokovic.
Khachanov’s best period of tennis came in 2018, where he won that Paris Masters title along with two others but since then he hasn’t won a single tournament. In fact in this period, he hasn’t made it to a single tournament final, falling twice at the semifinal stage – at Beijing and Montreal. He will need to tough it out against Djokovic and play to his potential to have bit of a chance.
Novak Djokovic v Karen Khachanov Predictions & Tips
It should come as no surprise Novak Djokovic is a heavy favourite but at 1/12 to win this match, one doesn’t see too much value. We think Khachanov could push Djokovic a bit, so a three-setter looks like a risky option but one which could prove worthy of it.
Tip: Djokovic to win in three sets: 4/1 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)