World number one Novak Djokovic will be up against Russian Karen Khachanov in the fourth round of the French Open on Monday, October 5. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Novak Djokovic v Karen Khachanov match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Novak Djokovic v Karen Khachanov Head to Head
There have been six previous meetings between these two players and Djokovic leads 5-1. None of these matches came on clay.
Djokovic Jumps to Tournament Favourite Status
In our feature yesterday, we had mentioned how Djokovic is now a slight favourite according to a few bookmakers even before he had played his third round match against Daniel Galan. Nothing that happened in that encounter did anything to disprove the bookmakers and if anything his odds have now been further slashed.
Djokovic defeated Galan 6-0, 6-3, 6-2, making it his third successive match he has lost a mere five games. Mikael Ymer and Ricardas Berankis were sent packing in similar fashion in the first two rounds and there’s this steely look about the manner in which the Serb is going about his business which would be scary for most opponents.
Again Galan, Djokovic got an excellent service going, winning three-fourths of his first serves, and broke his opponent a whopping seven times in the process. The world number one slammed in 38 winners as well, and while he conceded five break-points Galan was nowhere close to winning any of them.
His fourth round opponent, Khachanov, will be Djokovic’s first real test, a player ranked 16th at the moment but one who hasn’t quite tested him on hard courts since the Russian’s only win over him. And it is expected to be a match which could further insight into Djokovic’s near-invincibility these days.
Khachanov Grits on But Now Needs a Dose of Luck
After a straightforward win against Kamil Majchrzak in the first round, Khachanov has had a couple of four-setters going for him, in which he first defeated Jiri Vesely and then carved out a neat victory over Cristian Garin in his previous match.
Khachanov kickstarted his third round match against Garin with a couple of breaks of serves and while he was broken back immediately, he made it his third break of the set in the very next game and grabbed the set 6-2.
An early exchange of breaks in the second set took them to Khachanov serving at 2-3 when he dropped serve again, allowing Garin to close out the set this time.
For a change things went to serve in the third set till 3-4 when Garin and Khachanov both dropped their serves. Serving at 4-5 though, Garin came up against a rock-solid Khachanov who broke him to love and took the third set. And a couple of breaks of serves in the sixth and the eighth game of the fourth set ended Garin’s stay in the match.
Up against Djokovic at the same stage he was defaulted from the US Open, Khachanov will probably be praying for lightning to strike twice. Because while he has extracted three solid wins in the tournament so far, he will need much more than his traditional grittiness to come anywhere close to harming Djokovic’s chances in this tournament.
Djokovic v Khachanov Prediction and Tip
Djokovic is 1/3 to win this in straight sets and while Khachanov has made it to the quarterfinals here last season, it will need a lot for him to win a set here. Can expect over nine games in the first set though.
Tip: Djokovic to win in straight sets: 1/3 (bet365)