Karen Khachanov vs. Alexander Zverev
|Date & Time||Friday August 9, 2019, 2:00 PM (EDT)|
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Karen Khachanov and Alexander Zverev meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Rogers Cup.
Karen Khachanov is coming off a three sets win over Felix Auger-Aliassime that took 34 games to decide. In the victory, Khachanov won 71 percent of his first serve points and 49 percent of his second serve points. Khachanov won 62 percent of his total service points and converted on seven of his 12 break points. Khachanov got 59 percent of his first serves in play, saved seven of his 12 break points and hit 11 aces. Khachanov has won both of his matches in three sets, and he’s combined for 20 aces and 12 breaks. Khachanov now hopes to win three straight matches for the first time since making the quarterfinals of the French Open. Khachanov has split his last six matches on hard court.
Alexander Zverev is coming off a three sets win over Nikoloz Basilashvili that took 37 games to decide. In the victory, Zverev won 73 percent of his first serve points and 39 percent of his second serve points. Zverev won 62 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his 18 break points. Zverev got 67 percent of his first serves in play and had 14 double faults along with 15 aces. Zverev has now won five of his last six matches overall, but those hiccups here and there continue, and he’s hit 19 double faults in his last two matches. Zverev has to be sharper if he’s going to seriously start competing for titles in these big tournaments. Zverev has split his last six matches on hard court.
Zverev has won two of the three meetings, but Khachanov won the most recent match in 2018 Paris, a match decided in straight sets. The 2018 French Open meeting went the distance.
Khachanov made light work of Zverev when these two met last year, and he should be the favorite in this contest as well. While Zverev is finding ways to win and is capable of playing so much better, you can’t ignore the insane number of unforced errors and double faults. You can get away with that against lesser players, but a top-10 player such as Khachanov will make you pay.
Khachanov makes the semifinals.