Cristian Garin vs. Karen Khachanov - 2020 French Open Third Round
Saturday October 3rd, 2020
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A huge battle awaits us in the third round of the 2020 French Open. #15 seed Karen Khachanov faces #20 seed Cristian Garin and this will be an intense match with both competitors never backing down from a challenge.
Khachanov has struggled with form lately, and has seen his ranking slowly slip out of the top 10. He is more at home on the hard courts but did reach the Quarterfinals in Paris last year so he is no slouch on the surface. He comes into this tournament after early round exits in Rome and Hamburg and is likely low on confidence. An ultra aggressive player like him needs to be high on confidence in order to thrive so it will be interesting if he is able to find some motivation. His huge game is slightly nullified on the slower clay surface but he is still a very dangerous opponent.
The Chilean has proven that he is one of the world's best on clay, winning two titles this year. All of his Challenger titles and 4 ATP titles have come on the surface, proving how dangerous he is. He has looked relatively comfortable in the first two rounds and comes into Paris in good form, narrowly losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets in the Hamburg semifinals. Where Garin has the edge on his opponent is his movement and consistency. They are both very aggressive players that love to dictate play but on this surface "aggressive consistency" is key and this is what sets Garin apart from most. He has been struggling a bit to hold serve and it will be important for him to get that sorted out.
I think that this will be a very close match but I am giving the edge to Garin. He is much more comfortable on clay than his higher ranked opponent and is in better form. I expect a lot of long and intense rallies with some serious power tennis being played. I wouldn't be surprised to see this go the distance and I think Garin is skilled enough to get the breaks at the important times and come away with the victory. Cristian Garin to win.