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Frances Tiafoe vs. Karen Khachanov 2018 Wimbledon Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction

Game
Karen Khachanov vs. Frances Tiafoe
Date & Time Saturday July 7, 2018, 8:00 AM (EDT)
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Tennis | Karen Khachanov vs. Frances Tiafoe
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Frances Tiafoe and Karen Khachanov meet in the third round of the 2018 tennis Wimbledon.

Frances Tiafoe is coming off a four sets win over Julien Benneteau that took 37 games to decide. In the victory, Tiafoe won 85 percent of his first serve points and 59 percent of his second serve points. Tiafoe won 73 percent of his total service points and produced 51 winners and 14 unforced errors, a ratio that’s going to win a lot of matches regardless of opponent. We all know Tiafoe has all the talent to be one of the better players in the world, it’s just a matter of putting everything together. Based on his most recent performance, the young American could be putting it together right in front of our eyes. We’ll see how Tiafoe handles the pressure of being this deep in a grand slam for the first time at 20 years old. Tiafoe has a chance to make it to the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in his career. Tiafoe has won four of his last five matches on grass court.

Karen Khachanov is coming off a five sets win over Marcos Baghdatis that took 53 games to decide. In the victory, Khachanov won 81 percent of his first serve points and 41 percent of his second serve points. Khachanov won 67 percent of his total service points and produced 54 winners in his second round victory. With 34 aces, Khachanov showed just how capable he is of taking over a match when the pressure is on the line. The question now is how much Khachanov has left in the tank considering he’s played nine sets in his last two matches. Khachanov has a chance to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the third time in his career. Khachanov has never made the fourth round of the Wimbledon. Khachanov has won four of his last five matches on grass court.

There’s no previous matches between these two players.

This will be a fun match between two solid young players, but you have to give the edge to Tiafoe. He not only has far less wear and tear on him at this point, but he’s also played much cleaner tennis. These guys have the ability to spray winners and put together consistent shotmaking, its the player who makes the less errors who will win. Khachanov just played five sets because he had 34 unforced errors and six double faults.

The American makes the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time.

Pick:
Frances Tiafoe

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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