Schwartzman vs Khachanov: who is the favourite?
On July 28, Diego Schwartzman faces Karen Khachanov in the Round of 16 of the Olympic tennis tournament. Who is the favorite of the upcoming match? Our answer is in the prediction below.
Schwartzman has undoubtedly improved his performance on fast courts. Of course, his game is not ideal, but the Argentine knows how to play and win on this surface. At least at the current Olympics, Diego reached the last 16 without losing a set. Schwartzman scored victories over Juan Pablo Varillas (7-5, 6-4) and Tomas Machac (6-4, 7-5) in the first two rounds.
Khachanov is in great shape now. Karen only had some difficulties in the first round match of the tournament, where he faced one of the representatives of the host nation, Yoshihito Nishioka. The Russian lost the first set to the Japanese, but in the end, Karen made a spectacular comeback and won with a score of 3-6, 6-1, 6-2. In the second round, Khachanov, as expected, defeated James Duckworth (7-5, 6-1).
Khachanov hasn't played a tie-break in the last 5 matches.
Under 9.5 games were played in the first set in 3 of Schwartzman's last 5 matches.
Khachanov feels comfortable on the local courts, but it will be extremely difficult for him to beat the Argentinian tennis player. Moreover, Schwartzman leads the head-to-head with a score of 1-3. We believe that this will be a close match, but Diego should win it.
Our prediction - Schwartzman to win.
Prediction: Schwartzman to win
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We are definitely in for a long fight. Both Khachanov and Schwartzman are in excellent shape, so their next head-to-head match is unlikely to end quickly. Moreover, only once out of four head-to-head matches ended in two sets.
Second prediction - total over 22 games.