World number 29 Karen Khachanov will be up against Belarusian player Egor Gerasimov in the second round of the 2021 Wimbledon on Wednesday, June 30. Get the live streaming options of this Karen Khachanov v Egor Gerasimov match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Karen Khachanov v Egor Gerasimov Head to Head
They have never faced off on the ATP circuit but have otherwise played twice. The first of those meetings came on the Futures circuit where Gerasimov had won in three tough sets but that was way back in 2012. In 2018 they met again in the Davis Cup and this time around Khachanov won in straight sets.
Khachanov Overturns Slow Start in Opener
Having already made a slow start to the grass swing this season, Khachanov looked to have continued with the same in his opening round match at Wimbledon against Mackenzie McDonald as well before coming back to win it in four sets.
Khachanov, who had lost his opener in Halle and then won just one round in Mallorca on grass, completed a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) win against McDonald in nearly three hours of tennis.
It was a strange serving game from Khachanov, who faced 17 break-points in the encounter but was able to save 14 of them in the end.
A break apiece for both players in the first and second set saw the two tie it, before Khachanov raced away to a 5-1 lead in the third set. And while he was broken for the second time in the match in that set, Khachanov ensured he served it out to make it two sets to one.
McDonald went 2-0 up in the fourth, but Khachanov broke back and while he failed to get another break-point throughout the set, the Russian completed the victory in the tie-breaker. Can he now win and match his showing the last time he played at Wimbledon?
Gerasimov Needs Four against Clarke
He was an overwhelming favourite going into his first round against Jay Clarke, with bookmakers providing 2/5 for his win but he did have to struggle to be able to scrape through to the second. That, however, would have been a relief on its own for Gerasimov
After all, it’s been an appalling set of results for Gerasimov this year, who has won just one match in the seven tournaments he had played before this.
Which is why Gerasimov might have been on court for a little less than three hours and yet, he would have been satisfied with his performance. The Belarusian player won 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 to seal his second round berth at Wimbledon – the first time he has won a match here.
This could be an indicator of one multiple things but one thing’s for certain, he will need to do a lot better on this surface against a player like Khachanov.
Khachanov v Gerasimov Prediction and Tip
Gerasimov’s best showing at a Grand Slam is a second round appearance at Australian Open and US Open and by winning a round here he has done himself proud. Will that be enough though?