World No. 31, and number six seed, Karen Khachanov of Russia, will take on Adrian Mannarino of France, the world number 51, in the first round of the 2021 St. Petersburg Open on Monday, October 25. Get the live streaming options of this Karen Khachanov v Adrian Mannarino match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Karen Khachanov v Adrian Mannarino Head to Head
The pair have played each other three times before, and Khachanov has won on each occasion. All those matches have been on hard courts, outdoors in Chengdu in 2016 and in at the Australian Open a few months later, and then indoors in the final in Moscow in 2018.
Moscow Semi-Finalist Khachanov
A top ten player only two years ago, Khachanov has struggled to maintain those levels since, and hs seen compatriots Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, and Aslan Karatsev all eclipse his achievements since, and pass him in the world rankings.
2021 has been another largely disappointing year, although an outlier was the Tokyo Olympics where he claimed a silver medal, getting to the fianl before losing to Alexander Zverev.
The Russian has struggled to replicate that form since then, although he did reach the third round of the Masters events in Toronto and Indian Wells, bracketing an opening round defeat at the US Open.
In Moscow last week, where he was the number three seed and received a first round bye as a result, he got to the semi-final, only to lose to Karatsev in straight sets.
A deep run in St, Petersburg will, at least, help him finish the season on an upbeat note.
A Season to Forget for Mannarino
When Gael Monfils was recently forced to defend the performance of French tennis players from attacks by the country’s press, one of the men he may have had in mind was Mannarino.
2020 had ended on a high note with an appearance in the final at Nur-Sultan, but any early season promise he may had had so dispelled with a series of early round defeats, although he did reach his second Masters 000 doubles quarter-finals at the Italian Open.
Having lost in the first round of Wimbledon to Roger Federer, he did not appear again on tour until the US Open where he went out at the second round stage.
First round defeats in Sofia and Bulgaria then followed, before in the second round in Moscow last week, he achieved his best result of the year, by knocking out the number one seed Rublev.
However, he was beaten in the quarter finals by the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis.
Khachanov v Mannarino Prediction and Tip
Khachanov appears to have all the odds stacked in his favour. He will be playing in front of his home crowd against a man he has beaten in all three of their previous meetings. Anything other than a Russian win will be a surprise.