The number four seed Karen Khachanov of Russia will face Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia in the first round of the ATP Dubai Open on Monday, February 25. The match is scheduled to begin at 12 noon BST and you can watch the Karen Khachanov v Nikoloz Basilashvili live streaming using the options below.
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Karen Khachanov v Nikoloz Basilashvili Head to Head
The two men have met twice before on the senior, with Khachanov winning on both occasions, first in the Austrian Open in 2016, and then on the clay of Istanbul a year later. However, those looking for encouragement to back Basilashvili can take heart that he won their two matches when both were playing on the junior tours.
Khachanov, Looking to Rebuild his Confidence
Khachanov will be looking for a good run in Dubai to try and rebuild confidence that his suffered a few recent setbacks. He was knocked out in the first round in Doha, and although he reached the third round in Melbourne, he was well-beaten by Roberto Bautista-Agut in straight sets.
Another first round loss came in Sofia when he lost to Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, before, in his last tournament two weeks ago, he was beaten by Dutch wildcard Tallon Griekspoor at the first time of asking in Rotterdam.
Those two first round defeats looked to have come out of nowhere after he had gone into the Sofia Open having won back to back matches in the Davis Cup. He would be hoping for a turnaround but will be facing a rather tough opponent here.
Basilashvili, Hoping to Consolidate
Basilashvili is not the easiest opponent that Khachanov could have chosen for his first round opponent. The world number 20 began the year by pushing Novak Djokovic close in Doha, and although there have not been any results yet to match that, he will be looking to consolidate his position in Dubai, and begin to see himself seeded for events such as this in the future.
Coincidentally, there was a third round loss for him too and it was followed by an opening round defeat at the hands of Daniel Brands at Sofia. Can he cause a scare here?
Khachanov v Basilashvili Predictions & Tips
The bookmakers have Khachanov odds-on to win the match at 5/11 (bet365) which seems disproportionately biased to the Russian, given that he is only nine places higher than his opponent in the world rankings, and is not in good form. Basilashvili is priced at 21/10 (William Hill) which are generous given the danger he represents for Khachanov.
You can watch & bet on Karen Khachanov v Nikoloz Basilashvili on Monday, February 25th. The match will is scheduled for 1 pm BST tomorrow.