The current World No.1 Novak Djokovic marches on and is vying to lay claim to his 18th Grand Slam title at the French Open 2020.
Djokovic’s encounter is set with Russia’s Karen Khachanov who is a former Top-10 player. Both Khachanov and Djokovic seem to have a similar attitude on the court these days. The Serbian has had to work on his display of emotions on-court, and he seems to be succeeding.
Novak Djokovic vs Karen Khachanov: Match Preview
Djokovic has not lost more than 5 games in any of his match-ups yet. Khachanov on the other hand, has fought some tough battles to get to the 4th round. He won against Jiri Vesely in 4 sets, but 3 of those 4 went to a competitive tie-break. The Russian defeated the 20th seed Cristian Garin 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to reach the 4th round of the French Open for the fourth time.
Nole hasn’t dropped a set and seems to be sporting a different demeanour on court. He has changed some of his tactics to better suit the conditions of the court and he seems to be succeeding. The Serb defeated Daniel Elahi Galan 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 to reach to the 4th round.
Novak Djokovic vs Karen Khachanov: Head-to-Head
The pair has played each other on 4 occasions with Djokovic coming out on top on 3. They have similar play styles and mindsets heading into this round. The two have never met each other on clay but their last meeting came about earlier this year.
Djokovic won the match 6-2, 6-2 in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Masters. However, it must be noted that Khachanov defeated the Serb in 2018 7-5, 6-4 to lay claim to the ATP Masters 1000 Paris title.
Novak Djokovic vs Karen Khachanov: Match Prediction
The Djoker will be able to vanquish Khachanov. The duo will put on a show for the spectators. The Russian will not back down without a fight and might succeed in getting a set-off of Djokovic. The Serbian will be the one continuing his journey.
Match Prediction: Djokovic wins the match against Karen Khachanov in 4 sets.