Two of the quarterfinals at the 2021 ATP Great Ocean Road Open will be played on Friday, February 5, where Khachanov Khachanov takes on Botic van de Zandschulp & Jordan Thompson plays Thiago Monteiro. Get the live streaming options of these matches along with its preview, head to head, and tips here from Melbourne.
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Khachanov v van de Zandschulp
Head to Head
This will be the first time meeting between Russia’s Khachanov and Botic van de Zandschulp of Netherlands.
Having gotten himself a first round bye, Khachanov, who failed to make it to a fairly solid Russian side at the ATP Cup, has won both his next two rounds in straight sets.
While he was an obvious favourite going into his second round match against Max Purcell, a player ranked outside the top 200, Khachanov wasn’t tipped as one for his third round match against Kevin Anderson. For him to then complete the win in straight sets, winning 6-3, 7-6 was excellent going.
The Russian now takes on another player ranked outside the top 150 in van de Zandschulp, but complacency is the last thing he would want to embrace going into the encounter.
Because the 159th-ranked Dutchman comes into this encounter with a 6-0 record this season which includes three wins in the Australian Open qualifiers. Wins over Tristan Schoolkate and Kamil Majchrzak pitted him against the tall-serving Reilly Opelka but the six feet two van de Zandschulp crashed into the American party with a 7-6, 7-6 victory.
We could be in for a thriller for this one.
Three sets in the match: 6/4 (bet365)
Thompson v Monteiro Preview
Head to Head
Their only previous meeting came in the 2020 Davis Cup tie between Australia and Brazil and it was Thompson who clinched the encounter 6-4, 6-4.
Thompson had kick-started this season with a 10-12 win-loss record in the main draws of tournaments last season. What was surprising, however, was his result at the US Open where he made it to the fourth round, but other than that Thompson struggled to get past the first hurdle in multiple competitions.
In fact, before he ended the season with a quarterfinals at the Paris Masters he had endured a run of five matches of which he won just one.
Which is why wins over Gianluca Mager, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Mario Martinez in his first three rounds would have been a pleasant turnaround from that wretched last season.
Up against him is a player who is a clay court specialist but would take a result like this with both hands. Monteiro has been helped by the draw, sure, having faced John Fancutt and Matthew Ebden in his first two rounds (both ranked outside the top 300), but it was that win over a stiff opponent in the third round that should draw out the confidence in him.
He overcame Carlos Alcaraz, a 17-year-old talent who had earlier seen off David Goffin in the third round, winning 7-6, 6-3 to make it through to the quarterfinal.
Thompson to win: 1/2 (bet365)