Russian 23rd seed Karen Khachanov will take on Jiri Vesely in the opening round of the French Open. Khachanov is currently ranked 25th in the world while Vesely is the World No.71.
|Tournament||French Open 2021|
|Match||Karen Khachanov vs Jiri Vesely|
|Date||30th May, 2021|
|Prize Money||$72,630 (INR 52,75,625 approx.)|
Karen Khachanov vs Jiri Vesely: Preview
Karen Khachanov will open his campaign against Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic. The Russian has been in good form this clay season and would like to go to deep in the French Open. Seeded 23rd, Khachanov will want to make amends of a good draw.
He started slow in Monte Carlo losing to Pablo Carreno Busta in the Round of 32, but in the last tournament he played in Lyon, he reached the semifinal before losing to Cameron Norrie in straight sets.
As for his opponent, westerly Jiri Vesely, he has been struggling with form all season. He couldn’t make it into the main draw at Monte Carlo and has been struggling in the Challenger events as well. He could only make it to the Round of 16 at Parma this week where he lost to 6th seed Tommy Paul in three sets.
Karen Khachanov vs Jiri Vesely: Head-to-Head
This will be the second meeting between the duo. Khachanov leads the H2H 1-0. They met at Roland Garros last year where the Russian won in four sets.
Karen Khachanov vs Jiri Vesely: Prediction
Khachanov goes in as the favourite into the match and has recent form to back it up. Despite losing in the first rounds at Barcelona, Madrid and Rome, he has shown his true colors at Lyon where he reached the semi finals. He has been serving well and Vesely will have to counter that if he has to make any impact on the match. Expect the Russian to cruise into the second round.
Prediction: Khachanov to win in straight sets.