French Open 2021: Karen Khachanov vs Jiri Vesely Preview, Head to Head and Prediction

Karen Khachanov of Russia will lock horns against Czech Jiri Vesely in the first round of the 2021 French Open.

Karen Khachanov vs Jiri Vesely
Karen Khachanov and Jiri Vesely

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.

Match Details:

TournamentFrench Open 2021
MatchKaren Khachanov vs Jiri Vesely
RoundFirst Round
Date30th May, 2021
Prize Money$72,630 (INR 52,75,625 approx.)
VenueParis, France
SurfaceClay Court

Karen Khachanov vs Jiri Vesely: Preview

Karen Khachanov
Karen Khachanov

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

Jiri Vesely
Jiri Vesely

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

Karen Khachanov
Karen Khachanov

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.

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