In a Next Gen battle, Alexander Zverev of Germany plays Russia’s Karen Khachanov in the finals of the Olympics men’s singles on Sunday, August 1st. Get the live streaming options of this Alexander Zverev v Karen Khachanov match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Alexander Zverev v Karen Khachanov Head to Head
The players have met four times and their head-to-head is tied at 2-2. While Zverev won their first two encounters, Khachanov won the next two. They have not met since the Rogers’ Cup in 2019.
Zverev Stops Djokovic In Search For Golden Grand Slam
Alexander Zverev moved into the finals of the Tokyo Olympics with a monumental comeback against world number one Novak Djokovic who was gunning for a first ever Olympic singles gold keeping his hopes alive for a Golden Grand Slam having won the first three majors this year.
The world number one got off to a clinical start winning the first set 6-1, and when Zverev netted a volley to be broken and down 2-3 in the second, it seemed like it was only a matter of time before Djokovic made the final round here.
But, the German broke back the next game and won four games in a row to win the set 6-3 and take the match into a decider.
The Serb was broken in the opening game of the final set and when Zverev held after a long service game for 2-0 in the third set, there seemed to be a considerable momentum shift. Zverev broke Djokovic for the fourth time in a row and clinical serving saw him clinch the set 6-1 and put himself into the Olympic finals with a first ever gold medal on the line.
Khachanov Strong Run Continues
Russian Next Gen Karen Khachanov was once ranked number eight in the world and after winning the Masters 1000 at the Paris Masters in 2018 and being a French Open quarter-finalist in 2019, his level and consistency have dropped and he is ranked just within the top 25 in the world now.
With a disappointing second round loss at the French Open, and early losses at Halle and Mallorca on the grass, the Russian came to the grass swing without much hope or belief.
He had a good run at the All England Lawn Tennis Club making the final eight, winning crucial matches against the likes of Frances Tiafoe and Sebastian Korda before falling short in the final eight against Denis Shapovalov in a tight five-setter.
The Russian continued his inspired run this week winning tight three setters against the likes of Yoshihito Nishioka, Diego Schwartzman and Ugo Humbert increasing immensely in self-confidence in every round and setting himself well for the biggest achievement of his career thus far, i.e. an Olympics medal.
Playing Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain in the semi-finals who had beaten world number two Daniil Medvedev in the quarter finals, Khachanov started strong putting breaking the Spaniard once in each set for a convincing 6-3, 6-3 win and making inroads towards redeeming his season and career.
Zverev v Khachanov Prediction and Tip
This makes for an interesting clash between two promising and talented individuals. Both have looked strong this week and it will be down to who is the better player on the given day.
Zverev will be confident after his sensational win against Djokovic and will start as a favorite and can be expected to win the gold medal in a tight three-setter/