Joao Sousa vs. Karen Khachanov
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7:40 AM (Sibur Arena)
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Russian tennis superstar Karen Khachanov is set to play at the 2019 ATP St Petersburg Open in Russia. Khachanov will begin his tournament in the second round where he will play against Joao Sousa from Portugal.
Karen Khachanov received a bye in the previous round due to his high seeding. Khachanov last played at the US Open which was a poor tournament for the Russian as he was eliminated in the opening round. Despite that result, Khachanov had a decent North American leg as he made the semifinals of the Rogers Cup. During that tournament, Khachanov defeated elite players like Alexander Zverev and Stan Wawrinka. Returning to Russia should be a boost for Khachanov as he will receive great support from the crowd.
On the other side of the coin, Joao Sousa enters this match having won his previous fixture in straight sets. It was a comfortable win for Sousa in a match where he impressed with his receiving. Sousa won 53% of his receiving points which allowed him to break his opponent’s serve on 5 occasions. The serving was also solid from Joao Sousa as he won 88% of his service games. Despite that result, this is expected to be a tough match for Joao Sousa as he is playing against the number 2 seed.
Joao Sousa and Karen Khachanov have played each other once in the past. The match was played in 2016 at the Chengdu Open where Karen Khachanov won in straight sets.
Joao Sousa is a hugely experienced player and he has always been very solid on the ATP tour. That being said, I see Sousa losing this match. Karen Khachanov is ranked 9th in the world and he is an elite player. Khachanov will also have the advantage of playing on home soil. With all that taken into consideration, I see Karen Khachanov winning this match with some ease.