Karen Khachanov vs Dan Evans preview.Karen Khachanov will square off against Dan Evans in the quarterfinals of the 2020 European Open,Watch Live Stream. in Antwerp on Friday.The 24-year-old Khachanov is into his second quarterfinal in as many tournaments during this European indoor hardcourt swing. The Russian made this stage at the recently concluded St. Petersburg Open as well.
Date: 23 October 2020
Venue: Antwerp, Belgium
Category: ATP 250
Surface: Indoor hardcourt
Prize money: Approx. €394,800
Match timing: Not before 3.30 pm CEST, 7 pm ISt
That said, Khachanov has been largely unconvincing since the resumption of the ATP tour. While he has had some decent results including a fourth-round run at Roland Garros – there hasn’t been a single tournament where he’s stood out from the rest of the field.In his second-round match, Khachanov overcame a stiff challenge from the young Zizou Bergs. The third seed was in trouble early on as Bergs took the opening set, but he somehow eked out a win in three sets.
The Russian could only convert 2 of the 11 break points that he created in the match, but he’ll be happy with how he kept his composure against the highly-touted young gun.Khachanov’s next opponent Dan Evans, meanwhile, produced quite an emphatic performance against the talented Frances Tiafoe on Wednesday. The Brit came through in straight sets, continuing his remarkable turnaround after being eliminated in the first round at St. Petersburg.
Evans also accounted for Italy’s Salvatore Caruso in the opening round, and seems to be growing in confidence with every match.aren Khachanov vs Dan Evans head-to-head.Dan Evans leads Karen Khachanov 1-0 in the head-to-head.Interestingly, their only previous encounter was also on indoor hardcourt – at the Rotterdam Open earlier this year. Evans won that match 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.Karen Khachanov vs Dan Evans prediction
This is a very tricky match-up for Karen Khachanov, since Dan Evans has the game to upset his rhythm. An able counter-puncher, Evans can counter Khachanov’s powerful serve and groundstrokes with his smart variations and net approaches.Evans on his part has been serving very efficiently this week. Tiafoe and Caruso managed to break the Brit just three times combined, which shows how well the Brit is using the quick indoor conditions at Antwerp.
All things considered, while Khachanov has more firepower off the ground, Evans might just be a little too consistent for the Russian on Friday.Seeded third in the tournament, Khachanov’s chances of winning the tournament should be higher than most. Yet his first match in the tournament sowed doubt instead of reassuring competitors of his favorites tag.
He was up against local youngster Zizou Bergs who was making his ATP main draw debut. Ranked 528th, this was supposed to be a one-way affair, but the German chose to defy the odds.In the first set, Bergs rescued three crucial break points and decisively broke Khachanov in the 11th game of the set. He then won the next game and took the set to the Russian’s astonishment.
Khachanov regained his composure and went toe to toe with the 21-year-old in the second set, and eventually broke him in the set’s last game to win the set. He did so in the third set as well, winning the decisive tenth game to clinch the tie.Though he may have won the match in the end, that tie summed up Khachanov’s form of late: patchy.
That same form seems to have manifested from 2019, which is why the Russian has gone two years without winning a title. In fact, the furthest he’s reached this year is the quarterfinal stage of two tournaments: the Dubai Tennis Championships and the recently concluded St. Petersburg Open.
He has another chance to finally reach a semifinal this year and probably go all the way. But he’ll have to steady his nerves and find a way of maneuvering past a tricky opponent who’s bettered him once already this year.Lately the Russian has shown a tendency to leak unforced errors on crucial points. He would need to keep his game clean against a consistent player like Evans, while also being solid on serve.