Damir Dzumhur vs. Karen Khachanov
|Date & Time||Monday June 17, 2019, 9:00 AM (EDT)|
Gerry Weber Stadion
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Russian tennis superstar, Karen Khachanov will be playing at the 2019 ATP Halle Open in Germany. Khachanov will begin his campaign against Damir Dzumhur from Bosnia.
Damir Dzumhur last played at the French Open where the Bosnian player was defeated in the opening round. Prior to Roland Garros, Dzumhur played at the Geneva Open where he made it into the quarterfinals. It was a good tournament for Dzhumur as he defeated Stan Wawrinka. It has been a poor 2019 season for Damir Dzumhur as his record this year is currently at 8-13. Moving onto the grass court season should give Damir Dzumhur a boost since he played very well on this surface in 2018. Last season, Damir Dzumhur won the ATP Antalya and finished the grass court season with a win rate of over 70%. This is a tough opening fixture for Damir Dzumhur as he is playing against the number 3 seed.
On the other side of the coin, Karen Khachanov enters this tournament following a poor Stuttgart Open where he was eliminated in the opening round. While the defeat was disappointing, Khachanov has been in good form since the Russian had a very strong French Open where he made the final 8. It has been a very strong 12 months for Karen Khachanov as he has won tournaments like the Paris Masters and moved into the top 10 ranked players in the world. With Wimbledon only weeks ago, Khachanov will look to get some grass court wins under his belt.
Damir Dzumhur and Karen Khachanov have played each other once in the past. The match was in 2016 at ATP Moscow and Damir Dzumhur won in 3 sets. It is important to note that Karen Khachoanov is much improved from 2016.
Damir Dzumhur has had a poor 2019 season and I see him losing this match. Karen Khachanov looks in good touch following the French Open. Khachanov is significantly higher ranked than Dzumhur and I see there being a big gap in skill. Karen Khachanov is the stronger player and I see him winning this match with some ease.