Karen Khachanov vs. Stan Wawrinka
|Date & Time||Wednesday September 19, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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Stan Wawrinka and Karen Khachanov meet in the second round of the 2018 tennis St. Petersburg Open.
Stan Wawrinka is coming off a straight sets win over Aljaz Bedene that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Wawrinka won 72 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points. Wawrinka won 66 percent of his total service points and saved four of his five break points. Wawrinka has now won eight of his last 11 matches and is starting to look like the Wawrinka of old, who is dominant with his serve and spraying winners down the line. When Wawrinka is playing clean, controlled tennis, he’s obviously one of the best players in the world and should be considered a favorite to win a tournament of this caliber. We’ll see just how consistent Wawrinka can be moving forward or if this is a player still not 100 percent healthy. Wawrinka has a chance to win at least two matches for the fourth straight tournament. Wawrinka has split his last six matches on indoor hard court.
Karen Khachanov is coming off two wins in the Davis Cup and has won 10 of his last 13 matches overall. In his last match, Khachanov won 82 percent of his total service points and didn’t face a single break point in the straight sets victory. Khachanov has combined for 21 aces and hasn’t been broken once in his last four sets, so it’s fair to say the Russian is playing at a high level and comes into this tournament with decent expectations. Khachanov has lost the opening match of the tournament just once since Wimbledon, and that came in Washington, an upset loss to the American Denis Kudla. If Khachanov is going to continue serving the way he has lately, he’s considered a player who can push for a title in this tournament. Khachanov has won five straight matches on indoor hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
Wawrinka is clearly starting to get his footing since his return and is able to beat anybody when playing even at 75 percent. I’m still not sure Wawrinka is completely back, as conditioning, unforced errors and an inconsistent second serve still raise questions. Khachanov has been lights out recently with his serve and has a more consistent sample size to judge. I trust Khachanov a bit more, as Wawrinka is still ironing things out since his injuries.
Give me the Russian in what could be a three setter.