World No. 29 Karen Khachanov will take on World No. 36 Nikoloz Basilashvili in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on October 13, 2021.
Karen Khachanov vs Nikoloz Basilashvili: Match Details
- Tournament: Indian Wells Masters 2021
- Match: Karen Khachanov vs Nikoloz Basilashvili
- Round: 4th Round
- Date: 13th October 2021
- Prize Money: $92,000
- Surface: Outdoor hard court
Karen Khachanov vs Nikoloz Basilashvili: Preview
Khachanov comes into this match after thrashing Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets in the last round. He also beat Emil Ruusuvuori earlier in the competition. The Russian was the surprise package at the recently concluded Tokyo Games as he finished the event with a silver medal. However, his performance on the hard courts ahead of the 2021 US Open saw a significant dip. The 25-year-old has won 17 matches as compared to eight defeats till now on the hard surface in 2021. Although he isn’t expected to win the Indian Wells this week, he could certainly shake up a few in the men’s draws.
On the other hand, Bailashvili will come into this contest at the back of a three set win over Spain’s Alberto-Vinolas Ramos. He also beat Christopher Eubanks in the earlier rounds. Although the Georgian kicked off the year by winning the title in Doha, he failed to carry on the momentum through the season. Although the 29-year-old can blow hot and cold, he is quite capable of beating the very best players on the tour.
Karen Khachanov vs Nikoloz Basilashvili: Head to Head
These two have met thrice once on the ATP tour and it is the Russian who leads the Georgian 2-1.
Karen Khachanov vs Nikoloz Basilashvili: Prediction
The Russian’s serve was firing in his last match against Busta. Khachanov won 96% of his first serve points, which went a long way in helping him win the match. If he can continue winning cheap points on his serve, it will be tough for the Georgian to turn things around. However, Khachanov can also turn ragged quickly, which could play into the hands of Basilashvili.
Match Prediction: Karen Khachanov to win in three sets.
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