Russian tennis superstar, Karen Khachanov will be playing the 2019 ATP Monte Carlo Masters. Khachanov will be playing his opening match in the second round against Lorenzo Sonego from Italy.
Lorenzo Sonego won his previous match in straight sets as he defeated Andreas Seppi. During the win, Sonego served exceptionally well as he hit 9 aces and won 77% of his service points. Lorenzo Sonego won all of his service games and 1 return games to take the overall win. Lorenzo Sonego has been in good form as he made the quarterfinals of the ATP Grand Prix Hassan II. That being said, this match is expected to test Sonego as he is playing against the number 8 seed.
On the other side of the court, Karen Khachanov receiving an opening round bye due to his high seeding. Khachanov has been in very good form leading up to this tournament as the Russian superstar made the quarterfinal of the ATP Indian Wells Open. Karen Khachanov won the Paris Masters at the end of last season which means that the Russian has the experience of performing well at big events. Karen Khachanov looks in good form which will make him tough to beat in this tournament.
Karen Khachanov and Lorenzo Sonego have played once in the past. The match was played in 2018 at the US Open where Khachanov won in straight sets.
Lorenzo Sonego has had a very good few weeks as he has beaten the likes of Laslo Dere. That being said, I see Sonego losing this match. Karen Khachanov is one of the top players on the ATP tour and the Russian enters this tournament in good form. Khachanov beat the likes of John Isner at the Indian Wells Open and it shows that the Paris Masters champion is looking very good. Khachanov is the stronger player and I see him winning this match and making it into the third round of the tournament.