Khachanov vs Francis Tiafoe
3rd round match between Karen Khachanov and Frances Tiafoe.
They don't have any official ATP matches and bot of them are very young- 22 vs 20 years old. Kahchanov is the one with better and faster service, he made 34 aces in the previous round against Marcos Baghdatis in 5 sets. What's not that good was the number of break points he faced against Marcos- 17! That's too much even for 5 sets, especially when you have such a strong weapon like service and your opponent is not in that good form during the last seasons.
Tiafoe made great displays against Verdasco and Benneteau, winning both matches in four sets. In his first match against Verdasco he showed solid nerves winning both tiebreaks he had to play against the Spaniard. Against Benneteau, he played really unconcentrated in the 1st set, but then he was outstanding and totally outplayed his opponent. As he said in an interview, he felt there were two totally different types of Tiafoe in the 1st set and till the end of the match. He had really high percentage of winning points on 1st serve- 85% an what was the main reason for his brilliant comeback- he broke almost every single time his opponent, when he got the chance- 6/7 realized break points against Benneteau, which is close to perfection and 2/4 against Verdasco. When we see that Baghdatis had 17 break chances against Khachanov, I think Tiafoe can put the Russian under big pressure, when he has the chance.
It's hard to predict how many sets will be played- it looks like a fairytale someone to win the match in straight sets, so 4 or 5 sets are almost guaranteed here. If I have to give percentages for both of them about the final outcome of the match they will be 55:45% for Tiafoe, maybe in five sets. Can't miss to play Frances, mostly when he is the slight underdog in the match!
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Khachanov vs Francis Tiafoe prediction
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