Karen Khachanov vs Marin Cilic
|Date & Time||Thursday August 16, 2018, 12:15 PM (EDT)|
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Croatian superstar, Marin Cilic, has made it to last 16 at the ATP Cincinnati Masters. The number 7 seed will be taking on Russian youngster, Karen Khachanov. Both of these players have had incredible tournaments so far and will be desperate to earn themselves a spot in the final 8. This should ensure that both players play at 100% which means we will get to witness a top-class tennis match.
Karen Khachanov is in incredible form. The Russian made it to the semifinals at the Rogers Cup in Toronto last week and now is having another deep run in this event. Over the past 2 weeks, Karen Khachanov has beaten the likes of John Isner and Pablo Carreño Busta. These are wins over top players and it should mean that the Russian will not be fazed by this match. Karen Khachanov is hitting the ball very cleanly and is making all the right decisions on the court. These are traits of a player in great form and it should make him very hard to beat in this tournament.
Marin Cilic has not had the best start to the North American season as he has looked a little tired. The Croatian looked tired at the Rogers Cup and has also looked tired in this tournament. That being said, Cilic has still looked like a top player and his skill has been good enough for him to win even without being at 100%. Now that we have reached the round of 16, I am expecting Marin Cilic to step up his game since he will have to if he wants to win. The Croatian superstar has all the talent in the world but he would love to get some wins under his belt before he starts the US Open later this month.
While Marin Cilic is a world-class player, I think he is going to lose. Karen Khachanov has looked in incredible form and I expect that to continue as he eliminated another top player.