In a match between two, evenly-ranked players Karen Khachanov and Milos Raonic will face off for a place in the semifinal of the St. Petersburg Open 2020 on Friday, October 16. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Karen Khachanov v Milos Raonic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Karen Khachanov v Milos Raonic Head to Head
Interestingly, despite being ranked 17th and 21st respectively, Khachanov and Raonic have never played each other before this.
Khachanov Needs Three Sets against Fellow Russian
While most would have expected Khachanov to ease past his fellow Russian compatriot Aslan Karatsev in their second round match, it did not turn out to be that easy for the former. Khachanov was required to come back from a set behind to go past the 27-year-old Karatsev and settle in to his quarterfinal berth.
He won 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in a cagey affair that saw just two breaks of serve in the final two sets of the match, both going Khachanov’s way and enough to pull him into the quarterfinal.
Khachanov looked to have pulled back from his slow start when he levelled the proceedings following an early loss of serve in the first set. However, the Russian dropped serve off the very next game, the seventh of the match, and failed to make a comeback.
In the second set, Khachanov failed to convert an early break-point but when the situation grew tougher, he managed a break – it came with Karatsev serving at 5-6 to stay in the set. Things went to a similar script in the final set as well when Karatsev stood tough in face of some excellent tennis only to be broken in the eighth game of the set.
The world number 17 then served it out on his second match-point to seal his final-eight spot.
Raonic Serves up a Treat
Alexander Bublik is no mug with the tennis racquet and has troubled a few players in the past. One thought this could be his chance to do that to a former world number three but Raonic gave him absolutely no chance.
The Canadian needed just an hour and six minutes to make it past Bublik, winning 6-3, 6-2. Raonic broke his opponent thrice in the match and faced a mere three break-points, all of which were easily saved by the 21st-ranked player.
Raonic, who last ended a season on a positive record indoors in 2016 – he was 5-4 on win-loss record that year – has won five of his eight ATP titles indoor and is coming off another straight-set drubbing of JJ Wolf in the first round.
Earlier this season, Raonic was a finalist at the Cincinnati Open and later opted not to play at the French Open. Before the season resumed, Raonic had made the semifinal at the Australian Open earlier this year and followed it up with a semifinal at Delray Beach.
The question then is if he can overturn the Khachanov apple-cart.
Khachanov v Raonic Prediction and Tip
This might look like it’s a tough call on paper but if you are looking at who is the favourite, it’s Raonic who should be able to absorb the early pressure and complete a win.
Tip: Raonic to win: 1/1 (bet365)