20th-seed Cristian Garin will lock horns with 15th-seed Karen Khachanov in a high-octane clash in the Round of 32 at the French Open 2020. Both the players are entering into this round after playing tough matches in the previous round, so it would be interesting to watch who has more legs to win this third-round contest.
Cristian Garin vs Karen Khachanov: Preview
Talking about the performance in the tournament so far, Garin overcame the challenge of veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4,4-6,6-1, 6-4 in the opening round. The 24-year old Chilean then came back from a set down to outclass Marc Polmans 6-7, 6-2,7-6, 6-4 in the Round of 64. The World No.19 is yet to win a match at Roland Garros this year without losing a set.
On the other hand, after winning the opening encounter in straight sets 7-6, 6-3, 6-3 against Kamil Majchrzak, Khachanov had to dip deep in the next round. The 24-year old Russian played three tiebreakers before edging past Jiri Vesely 6-1, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6.
Cristian Garin vs Karen Khachanov: Head-to-Head
The two men are yet to face each other n the ATP Tour, so the head-to-head record stands at 0-0.
Cristian Garin vs Karen Khachanov: Prediction
The contest is expected to be a thriller and it looks like Khachanov may emerge victorious by the barest of the margins. The reason for backing the Russian is that he looks more in form than Garin at the French Open. Otherwise, there is literally nothing that can separate the two athletes. Having said that, Khachanov will have to be on top of his game from the word go to advance to the pre-quarters.
Match Prediction: Karen Khachanov defeats Cristian Garin in a five-set thriller.