Karen Khachanov vs. Taylor Fritz
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 9, 2019, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena
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In the second round of the 2019 ATP Shanghai Masters, Karen Khachanov is set to play against Taylor Fritz from the United States.
Taylor Fritz enters this match having defeated Fernando Verdasco in 3 sets in the previous round. It was an epic battle between two highly skilled players but Fritz showed his fitness and endurance to win a vital return game in the final set. During the win, Taylor Fritz served exceptionally well as the American hit 7 aces which helped him win close to 90% of his service games. Fritz also won 3 return games to secure a comfortable win. It has been a tough start to the Asian season for Taylor Fritz as he was eliminated in the opening round of both the Chengdu Open and Japan Open. This is expected to be another tough match as Fritz is playing against the number 7 seed.
Looking at Karen Khachanov, the Russian received a bye in the opening round due to his high seeding. Karen Khachanov enters this match in good form having made the semifinals of the China Open. Khachanov was eliminated by Dominic Thiem but played well throughout the event as he defeated the likes of Fabio Fognini and Jeremy Chardy. Karen Khachanov won the Paris Masters last season meaning the Russian has the ability to perform at big tournaments. This is a big tournament for Karen Khachanov as a big performance is needed by the Russian if he wishes to remain in contention for the ATP Finals.
There have been no prior matches between Karen Khachanov and Taylor Fritz at ATP tournaments.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Karen Khachanov to win this match. Khachanov has been in good form while Fritz has struggled since arriving in Asia. Karen Khachanov is the stronger player and he has done well at Masters tournaments. The momentum should be with Karen Khachanov and I see him winning this match.