World number 26 Karen Khachanov will be up against Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak, ranked 129th in the world in their second round of the 2021 Lyon Open on Wednesday, May 19. Get the live streaming options of this Karen Khachanov v Kamil Majchrzak match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Karen Khachanov v Kamil Majchrzak Head to Head
There has been one previous match played between these two players with Khachanov having won that one. It was held at the 2020 French Open and the Russian was a straight-set winner over Majchrzak.
Khachanov Huffs & Puffs to Rare Win
It’s been that kind of a season for Khachanov and his first round win over Benjamin Bonzi was yet another example of his recent struggles.
Going into the match at 1/3 favourite, the Russian needed three sets and a tie-breaker in the final set to win his opener in two hours and 21 minutes.
Things looked like they had changed for Khachanov, who was on a four-match losing streak on clay, when he clinched the first set with three successive breaks of serves.
Things turned around in the second and Khachanov’s issues on clay came to the fore when he lost his serve in the very first game and even when he broke back to level it out 4-4, the Russian was broken yet again in the very next game.
Khachanov had a break-point and then saved two set-points but Bonzi carved out the set to level the match.
The third went to serve with the first break-point in it coming in the 10th game – it went to Khachanov who had three match-points to close it out his opponent’s serve but missed each. It needed Khachanov to come back from 1-3 down in the tie-breaker to claim the match and a place in round two.
Things might not get too much easier despite facing a 129th-ranked opponent next either.
Majchrzak Claims Only Second Main Draw Win
His career-best rank is 83rd and now Majchrzak has fallen even further down the rankings, perched at 129th in the world. Which should come as no surprise given he had won just one main draw match this season coming into this opener against Joao Sousa.
Having qualified for this tournament for the first time, Majchrzak then carved out a straight-set win over Sousa in an hour and 39 minutes to seal his second round place.
In a cagey affair, Majchrzak broke Sousa just once in the first set and then shared a break of serves early in the second before clinching it in a tie-breaker. This was after Majchrzak had three match-points wasted away during the encounter.
Interestingly, the last time Majchrzak won back to back matches on the ATP tour was in the 2019 US Open where he reached round three.
Khachanov v Majchrzak Prediction and Tip
Surely, Khachanov wouldn’t want to be the player who loses to Majchrzak for the first time in two years to give him back to back wins on the tour. And we think Khachanov should win it too, just that it wouldn’t be as facile a win as odds of 1/3 seem to suggest.