World number 23 and Russian Karen Khachanov will be up against the 77th-ranked from Argentina, Federico Delbonis in the first round of the 2021 Italian Open on Monday, May 10. Get the live streaming options of this Karen Khachanov v Federico Delbonis match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Karen Khachanov v Federico Delbonis Head to Head
There has only been one previous meeting between these two players and it came at the 2017 Hamburg Open on clay. Delbonis won that quarterfinal in three sets.
Khachanov Falls to Three Successive Losses
Before coming into the clay swing earlier in April, Khachanov had exhibited middling results on hard court surfaces around the world this season. He did begin solidly at the Great Ocean Road Open when he raced into the semifinal with three successive wins there but as the season has gone along, those have dried up.
Over the next two tournaments, at the Australian Open and in Rotterdam, Khachanov won two matches and lost in the third but since then he has only won one match in each of the next four competitions.
And after having sent Laslo Djere packing in the Monte-Carlo first round, Khachanov has lost three matches in a row. His season, as a result, has come a full circle and the Russian would be looking for a few answers, especially since he did put up a fight in each of those two first round losses – in Barcelona and Madrid.
He now faces a qualifier in his first round of a tournament where he has won just two matches spread across three editions.
Delbonis Happy to Perform on Clay
Such has been Delbonis’ preference for clay, the only two matches he has played outside of that surface came at the Great Ocean Road Open and the Miami Masters. In both those tournaments, he lost the opener, packing up and moving his attention to clay.
And he has then done well on dirt.
At Santiago, Delbonis made it to the semifinal with wins over Jaume Munar and Holger Rune and he then breezed through to the quarterfinal at the Belgrade Open.
More recently in Madrid, the 77th-ranked player needed to qualify for the tournament by winning two matches before stunning Pablo Carreno-Busta and Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the first two rounds.
While Delbonis fell to Matteo Berrettini in the third, the confidence from that result seems to have rubbed on to his performances in the qualifiers here. He overcame Marcos Tiafoe and then stunned Frances Tiafoe from being a set down to make it to the main draw.
Can he now take down a much higher-ranked but struggling Khachanov?
Khachanov v Delbonis Prediction and Tip
While Delbonis is 1/1 to win this, we think he has a good chance of coming through this one given the form shown by both him and his opponent.