Russian and world number 24 Karen Khachanov faces the 115th-ranked Benjamin Bonzi in the first round of the 2021 Lyon Open on Monday, May 17. Get the live streaming options of this Karen Khachanov v Benjamin Bonzi match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Karen Khachanov v Benjamin Bonzi Head to Head
While these two players have played a match on the ATP tour, they did face off once on the Futures circuit in 2015. Khachanov had won that one in straight to make it to the final of that competition.
Khachanov Hoping to End Losing Streak
Having started off with a few middling results on hard court surfaces, Khachanov’s performances on clay have shown a drastic fall. As a result, he enters this competition on a four-match losing streak after having started off with an opening round win in Monte-Carlo.
Since that victory over Laslo Djere, Khachanov has lost to Pablo Carreno-Busta, Kei Nishikori and Federico Delbonis in his opening round matches at the Barcelona Open, Madrid Masters and Rome Masters respectively.
Unlike a few of his other compatriots, Khachanov’s overall record on clay isn’t the worst in business as a win-loss record of 36-27 exhibits. This season, however, Khachanov’s inability to find a way to win even early round matches could be a cause for worry.
Or it could be down to the lack of momentum and facing challenging opponents who can be called clay-court experts. Here he takes on a wild-card entrant and there’s a good chance Khachanov will get himself out of this rut.
Bonzi Has One Main Draw Win This Year
With a ranking outside of the top 100, Bonzi has opted to feature on the Challenger circuit throughout this season and while his results there have shown a general positive trend, the Frenchman has won just one main draw match on the ATP circuit. That came at the Montpellier Open where he overcame fellow Frenchman Lucas Pouille.
The switch to clay has seen Bonzi feature in only one ATP tournament, in Belgrade and he fell in the first qualifying round.
At the Ostrava Challenger that followed, Bonzi won the title, his second of the season, but then followed it up with a first round loss at the Zagreb Challenger despite going into that match as 1/3 favourite.
Can he now usurp a much higher-ranked player here but one who is on a four-match losing streak?
Khachanov v Bonzi Prediction and Tip
Despite his recent poor form, Khachanov is odds on favourite to make the second round here with a win over Bonzi. Backing him to do that although it might not be a straightforward one.