Twenty-fourth seed Aslan Karatsev will face Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round of the 2021 French Open. Karatsev is ranked 26th in the world while Kohlschreiber is the World No.132.
|Tournament||French Open 2021|
|Match||Aslan Karatsev vs Philipp Kohlschreiber|
|Date||3rd June, 2021|
|Prize Money||$101,683 (INR 7,97,75,620 approx.)|
Aslan Karatsev vs Philipp Kohlschreiber: Preview
Aslan Karatsev is one of the most improved player this season and reached the semi final of the Australian Open as a qualifier. Later in the season, he won his first ATP title at Dubai and is in great form this Clay season too. He was also defeated the likes of World No.1 Novak Djokovic on his home soil. In the first round at Paris, he got the better of Jenson Brooksby in straight sets 6-3,6-4,6-4.
As for his opponent, Philipp Kohlschreiber has been on tour for almost 2 decades. The German veteran is way past his prime and mostly competes at the challenger events. In Paris, he got a solid first round win over fellow veteran, Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in four sets 7-6(3),6-2,2-6,6-4.
Aslan Karatsev vs Philipp Kohlschreiber: Head-to-Head
This will be the second meeting between the duo. Kohlschreiber leads the H2H 1-0. They met at Moscow in 2015 where the German won in three sets.
Aslan Karatsev vs Philipp Kohlschreiber: Prediction
The match is heavily in favor of Aslan Karatsev based on current form of both players. Karatsev has been the talking point of the ATP tour after his heroics in Melbourne and will want to continue his form at he majors.
Things don’t look particularly goof for Kohlschreiber. The German neither has age on his side nor form. He would definitely hope Karatsev to make a dozen unforced errors so that he could capitalize. One thing that goes in the Geraman’s favor is experience and he would make the most out of it.
Prediction: Karatsev to win in straight sets.