Eighth seed Karen Khachanov of Russia will take on Britain’s Cameron Norrie in the semifinals of the 2021 Lyon Open on Saturday, May 22. Get the live streaming options of this Karen Khachanov v Cameron Norrie match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Karen Khachanov v Cameron Norrie Head to Head
This will be a third career meeting between the two and also the third in 2021. Khachanov won in straight sets in the Round of 16 in Rotterdam, while Norrie won in three in Round of 32 in Barcelona.
Khachanov Looking to Reach a First Final in Three Years
Back in form, Karen Khachanov reached his second semifinal in 2021 as he ousted France’s Richard Gasquet 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) in the quarterfinals of the Lyon Open on Friday.
The eighth seed, who converted all four of his break points in the match, knocked out the 34-year-old Frenchman in an hour and 26 minutes.
Ranked 26th in the world, Khachanov had come into the tournament having lost four matches in a row (a second round defeat at the Monte-Carlo Masters followed by first-round defeats in Barcelona, Madrid and Rome).
However, the Russian struck form in Lyon, defeating France’s Benjamin Bonzi 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3) in the first round and then knocking out Polish qualifier Kamil Majchrzak 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 in the Round of 16.
The win over Gasquet on Friday improved the 24-year-old to 14-10 in 2021 and secured a spot in a second semifinal this year. Khachanov had earlier reached the semifinals of the Great Ocean Road Open in February, but lost to eventual champion Jannik Sinner in a dramatic three-setter.
A four-time ATP winner, Khachanov, who has never lost a tour final, also reached the quarterfinals in Rotterdam and Marseille this year, falling to Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matthew Ebden respectively.
On Saturday, Khachanov will be aiming to reach a first final since 2018.
Having won his first title in Chengdu in 2016, Khachanov won three titles in 2018, winning the Marseille, Moscow and Paris Masters titles. But since then he has not reached a Tour final and will be aiming to end the drought with a win Saturday.
Norrie Aiming for a Second Final in 2021
Facing Khacanov in the semifinal will be World No. 49 Cameron Norrie, who defeated France’s Arthur Rinderknech in a quarterfinal that began on Friday but ended Saturday after rain suspended proceedings on Friday.
Norrie needed an hour and 43 minutes to defeat the Frenchman 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
The left-handed Briton, who is having a great year, improved to 22-10 following the win. He had shocked the top seed Dominic Thiem in the Round of 16 with a 6-3, 6-2 win.
This will be a third semifinal appearance this year for Norrie, who lost to Sebastian Korda in the final four at Delray Beach, but reached the final in Estoril by beating Marin Cilic. However, a maiden title remained elusive as he went down to Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a dramatic three-set final.
The left-hander, who has a career-high ranking of 41, also reached the last eight in Acapulco and Barcelona earlier this year. He will be aiming to reach a third career final and a second in 2021, when he plays Khachanov later today.
Khachanov v Norrie Prediction and Tip
Going by current form, Norrie will be a favourite in this contest. He is 11-3 on clay this season, while Khachanov is 4-4. Also, the Briton will be high on confidence after taking out the top seed and will like to remind Khachanov about their last meeting in Barcelona, which Norrie won in three sets.