Dominic Thiem vs. Karen Khachanov - 10/5/19 China Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Dominic Thiem vs. Karen Khachanov
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 3:30 AM (National Tennis Center)
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Austrian tennis superstar Dominic Thiem has made it into the semifinals of the 2019 ATP China Open in Beijing. At this stage of the tournament, Dominic Thiem is set to play against Karen Khachanov from Russia.
Karen Khachanov enters this match having defeated Fabio Fognini in the previous round. It was a determined performance by the Russian as he lost the opening set but fought back strongly to win the final 2 sets and the match. During the victory, Karen Khachanov impressed with his receiving as he won 45% of his receiving points which allowed him to break his opponent’s serve on 5 occasions. It has been a tough few months for Khachanov as he failed at the US Open and St Petersburg Open but the Russian seems to have found some good form at this tournament. This will be a challenge for Khachanov as he is playing against the number 1 seed.
Looking at Dominic Thiem, the Austrian superstar was very good as he defeated Andy Murray in straight sets. While Murray is not 100%, Thiem was playing at his best. Thiem won 90% of his service games and 3 return games to ensure he comfortable controlled the entire match. It has been a strong tournament for Dominic Thiem as he has not lost a single set in the entire event. Thiem is looking very confident and that will make him tough to beat.
Dominic Thiem and Karen Khachanov have played each other twice in the past with both players winning on 1 occasion. The most recent match between these two players was earlier in the season at the French Open where Thiem won in straight sets.
This should be a close match since Khachanov and Thiem are both elite players. That being said, I am going to pick Dominic Thiem to win this match. Khachanov has struggled over the past few weeks and while he has played well at this tournament, he still seems to be finding his best form. Thiem, in comparison, is playing elite tennis and is looking in supreme touch. I see Thiem being too good for Khachanov.