Matteo Berrettini vs. Karen Khachanov
|Date & Time||Thursday February 7, 2019, 1:30 PM (EST)|
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Matteo Berrettini and Karen Khachanov meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Sofia Open.
Matteo Berrettini is coming off a straight sets win over Denis Istomin that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Berrettini won 81 percent of his first serve points and 67 percent of his second serve points. Berrettini won 73 percent of his total service points and produced two breaks on 10 break points. Berrettini entered this tournament in shaky form, which included losses in five of his last seven matches, so an impressive straight sets win was just what the doctor ordered. If Berrettini gets more of his first serves in play, he should be in good shape to build on that victory. Berrettini has a chance to win back-to-back matches in a single tournament for the first time since Winston-Salem. Berrettini has split his last four matches on indoor hard court.
Karen Khachanov enters this match winning four of his last five matches, which includes two victories at the Davis Cup. Khachanov finished 2018 in really impressive form and there’s signs of him getting back to that level after dominating his serve at the Davis Cup. When Khachanov is hitting his spots and getting so many free points with his first serve, he’s one of the tougher players on tour to play and is capable of winning any given match. As the top seed in this tournament, Khachanov has to look at this as a really good opportunity to win his third tournament since October. If Khachanov is able to put his frustrating Australian Open performance behind him, he’s got to be the favorite to lift the trophy in a few days. Khachanov has won 10 of his last 11 matches on indoor hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
Berrettini can make this match interesting if he can do a better job of getting his first serve in play. The problem is Berrettini hasn’t won back-to-back matches in months and certainly hasn’t had much recent success against top-20 players in the world. Khachanov is well rested and the indoor hard courts favor his power serve and shotmaking ability.
This is a match Khachanov should win in straight sets.