Number four seed Karen Khachanov returns on home soil and will face Australia’s James Duckworth in the first round of the 2020 St. Petersburg Open on Monday, October 12. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Karen Khachanov v James Duckworth match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Karen Khachanov v James Duckworth Head to Head
These two player have not met before this.
Khachanov Looks To Build On Paris Showing
Karen Khachanov has had mixed results in Russia’s second city, winning one match in four tournament appearances. His record is surprisingly better in Moscow where he is a former champion of the Kremlin Cup and finished as a quarter-finalist in 2019.
Nonetheless, with St. Petersburg now upgraded to ATP 500 level, and indoor conditions perfectly suiting his style of play, his eyes will be firmly on the prize. It shouldn’t take the Russian plenty from his sails to get going after the grueling clay-court schedule which saw him reach the fourth round of the French Open.
The 24-year-old will look to build on that decent fortnight in Paris with a strong end to this abbreviated tennis season. It seems a long time ago since Khachanov shocked the tennis world with his success at the Paris Masters in 2018 when he beat Novak Djokovic, a triumph that propelled him towards a top-10 ranking. But injuries and inconsistency contributed to his big fall from grace 12 months on.
Seeded fourth this week, Khachanov still has an opportunity to redeem himself and return to the world’s top-10. Having secured wins over Pablo Carreno Busta and Jannik Sinner on the hard courts of New York last month, he should have little difficulty to find his footing on home soil.
Duckworth, A Perennial Danger on Hard Courts
It has been an eventful year for current world no.91 James Duckworth. The Australian performed poorly on home soil during the Australian summer, but his form picked up after losing in the first round in Melbourne to Aljaz Bedene.
Duckworth reached his first-ever ATP tour semifinal in the Indian city of Pune in February, and a week later won his 11th Challenger title in Bengaluru. Those results saw him climb as high as world no.71 in the ATP rankings, the highest ceiling in his career.
But the 28-year-old had the misfortune of spending time on the treatment table during lockdown, undergoing an astonishing eighth surgery in his 14-year career. This latest procedure involved cleaning out his right shoulder which had been bothering him for the best part of nine months.
Duckworth has had his fair share of injuries in the past, but his desire to pick up a racket remains undiminished. He will look to post his first main draw win on tour since the resumption.
Khachanov v Duckworth Prediction and Tip
Duckworth spent most his time during the tour’s hiatus rehabbing and it is no surprise to see him still chasing his first win since February. Judging by Khachanov’s current form, the Australian’s drought will likely extend .
Tip: Khachanov to win in straight sets: 1/2 (bet365)