World No. 25 and number 23 seed, Karen Khachanov of Russia will take on Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic the world 71, in the first round of the 2021 French Open on Sunday, May 30. Get the live streaming options of this Karen Khachanov v Jiri Vesely match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Karen Khachanov v Jiri Vesely Head to Head
The pair have met once before, in the second round of this tournament last year, Khachanov winning in four sets
Khachanov’s Good Record in Paris
Khachanov has a good record in Paris. He reached the quarter-finals here in 2019, and has made the fourth round in three occasions.
However, since that quarter-final appearance, he has dropped out of the world’s top ten, and is now not even the top ranked Russian any more – he has been overtaken by Danill Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, whilst Aslan Karatsev is snapping at his heels.
Prior to a week ago, his form on clay in 2021 had been disappointing.
He reached the second round in Monte Carlo, but then suffered successive first round defeats in Barcelona, Madrid, and Rome.
However, he will have taken some hear from his performances in Lyon, where he got to the semi-finals before losing to one of the sur[prise package of the season, Cameron Norrie of Great Britain.
Vesely, A Hard and Grass Court Player
Vesely is not known as a clay court player – his style is better suited to faster courts with a lower bounce, like hard courts or grass. He has only once been beyond the second round in Roland Garros, and that was back in 2017.
Certainly, his form on clay this year little suggests he will be able to improve on that record.
He was knocked out in the first round in Sardinia and then failed to qualify for Mote Carlo,
Vesely then reverted to the Challenger tour to try and play his way into form, but was beaten in the first round of a tournament in Germane, and in the second round of a follow-up event in Portugal.
He did at least win his first round match in Parma earlier this week, beating the American Steve Johnson in straight sets but Vesely’s run was then ended by another American, Tommy Paul, who came from behind to win a tight three-setter.
Khachanov v Vesely Prediction and Tip
Khachanov won their previous match here last year and, as the man with the better record in this tournament, will start the clear favourite to clinch victory again.