Lucas Pouille vs. Karen Khachanov
Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 3:00 PM (Lindner Family Tennis Center)
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Lucas Pouille and Karen Khachanov meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Cincinnati Open.
Lucas Pouille is coming off a straight sets win over Denis Shapovalov that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Pouille won 80 percent of his first serve points and 63 percent of his second serve points. Pouille won 72 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his six break points. Pouille got 50 percent of his first serves in play and didn’t face a single break point. Pouille has won all four sets this tournament and doesn’t look like the same player who entered on a three-match losing streak. Pouille looks to make his third career quarterfinal of a Masters 1000 and the first ever in Cincinnati. Pouille has three career wins over top-10 players, but none of those wins have come in the last two years. Pouille has split his last four matches on hard court.
Karen Khachanov is coming off a three sets win over Nick Kyrgios that took 34 games to decide. In the victory, Khachanov won 83 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Khachanov won 75 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his nine break points. Khachanov got 68 percent of his first serves in play, saved three of his four break points and hit 13 aces. Khachanov has also now won each of his last three matches that have gone the distance. Khachanov looks to make his fifth career quarterfinal of a Masters 1000 and the first ever in Cincinnati. Khachanov has won four of his last five matches on hard court.
These two have played three times and Khachanov has won two of those matches, including the most recent in the 2018 French Open. Pouille’s win cam in 2018 Dubai. Two of the three matches have gone the distance.
This is sure to be a battle, but I have to give the edge to Khachanov, who was playing better tennis entering this tournament and usually thrives on hard court where he can control the pace and get free points with his serve. It’s been a while since Pouille has beaten a top-10 player, and we can’t ignore his recent struggles just because he’s won a couple of matches.
Khachanov makes the quarterfinals of Cincinnati for the first time.