World No. 17 Karen Khachanov faces off against 35th ranked Daniel Evans in this quarterfinal fixture of the 2020 Antwerp Open. The match is likely to begin at around 3:30 pm local time (2:30 pm BST or 9:30 am Eastern Time) on Friday, October 23. Get the live streaming options of this Karen Khachanov v Daniel Evans match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Karen Khachanov v Daniel Evans Head to Head
This will be the second meeting between the two players.
Daniel Evans won their only ever meeting in the Rotterdam Open earlier this year. Additionally, that match was on an indoor hard court.
Khachanov’s Unsteady 2020
Seeded third in the tournament, Khachanov’s chances of winning the tournament should be higher than most. Yet his first match in the tournament sowed doubt instead of reassuring competitors of his favorites tag.
He was up against local youngster Zizou Bergs who was making his ATP main draw debut. Ranked 528th, this was supposed to be a one-way affair, but the German chose to defy the odds.
In the first set, Bergs rescued three crucial break points and decisively broke Khachanov in the 11th game of the set. He then won the next game and took the set to the Russian’s astonishment.
Khachanov regained his composure and went toe to toe with the 21-year-old in the second set, and eventually broke him in the set’s last game to win the set. He did so in the third set as well, winning the decisive tenth game to clinch the tie.
Though he may have won the match in the end, that tie summed up Khachanov’s form of late: patchy.
That same form seems to have manifested from 2019, which is why the Russian has gone two years without winning a title. In fact, the furthest he’s reached this year is the quarterfinal stage of two tournaments: the Dubai Tennis Championships and the recently concluded St. Petersburg Open.
He has another chance to finally reach a semifinal this year and probably go all the way. But he’ll have to steady his nerves and find a way of maneuvering past a tricky opponent who’s bettered him once already this year.
Evans Relieved to Finally Catch Some Form
Daniel Evans must have been relieved to have finally gotten past the second round of a tournament after his straight sets win against Frances Tiafoe.
The last time he’d done so was when he reached the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships. Since then his woeful form made him suffer first-round eliminations in his last four tournaments: the Rome Masters, the Hamburg Open, the French Open, and last week in St. Petersburg; and second-round elimination in the previous two before those four— the Cincinnati Masters and the Us Open.
But his displays so far have shown that he can emulate his Dubai run and reach another semifinal. In his first-round match in this tournament, he started well against Salvatore Caruso.
He broke the Italian qualifier several times in the first set and won it with ease. In the second set, he faltered in the ninth game allowing Caruso an opportune moment to clinch the set, which the Italian took. The third set, however, tilted back to his favor after he broke once more and held on to it this time.
In his second-round match against Tiafoe, he started strongly by holding his first four serves until the American broke him. The set then turned to a nervy affair, but the brit held on and won 7-5, which helped him build the wind that he needed to dominate and control the second set with ease.
Now up against Khachanov, he’ll need to hold on to this semblance of form if he wants to make it to another semifinal this year. If he can emulate such performances and find a way of breaking a shaky Khachanov early on, he may just pull off another Russian upset, just as he did against Andrey Rublev on his road to the Dubai Semis.
Khachanov v Evans Prediction and Tip
Khachanov should still be favored to go through, but the recent statistics show that it’s going to be a close affair with a high probability of many games. With the current form of the two players, that seems like one of the better options.
Tip: Three sets in the match: 6/4(bet365)