Kevin Anderson vs. Karen Khachanov - 2021 Great Ocean Road Open Third Round
Thursday, February 4 2021
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Kevin Anderson meets Karen Khachanov in the third round of the 2021 Great Ocean Road Open on Thursday, February 4th 2021. Will Khachanov improve on his second round performance against Max Purcell, or will the inform Kevin Anderson outplay the Russian with his big serve and forehand to book his spot in the quarterfinals?
Karen Khachanov was not playing his best tennis in his first match here in the second round as he met Max Purcell, a player who is not known by everyone and really should not stand a chance to push a former top 10 player to a tiebreak, as Khachanov won 7-6(5)/6-3. Khachanov needs to improve his level if he wants to have a redemption season in 2021 as he was not performing well last year, and he did not make the cut for the 2021 ATP Cup Team Russia squad. Will Khachanov be able to perform well on a big stage against an even tougher opponent in Anderson here?
Kevin Anderson is yet to lose a set here in his first two matches as he is cruising through the tournament. Anderson looks like his injury concerns are nearly fully behind him, and he is definitely building up some strong momentum before the start of the 2021 Australian Open next week. Kevin Anderson, when playing his best, is one of the best players in the world, and he will definitely looking for a strong comeback season in 2021. Will Anderson continue to perform strongly here and book his spot in the quarterfinals?
This is going to be the second meeting between both players, with Kevin Anderson leading the head to head 1-0. Although Karen Khachanov is ranked 62 places higher than Kevin Anderson, he just has not been performing well over the last few years. On the other hand, Anderson is continuously improving in hopes to return to his peak which saw him reach the 2017 US Open Final. I expect a tight match, but definitely one which Kevin Anderson should come through and make the quarterfinals here at the 2021 Great Ocean Road Open.