Dominic Thiem vs Karen Khachanov French Open 2019 Preview and Prediction, There’s still a chance of the semi finals containing all four top seeds in the men’s draw. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer already booked their places while Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem compete on Wednesday. Thiem plays Karen Khachanov for a spot in the final four, with the Russian seeking to make his first semi final at a slam.
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Thiem had not been living up to his high standards early on but showed his class with a dominant win over Gael Monfils in the previous round, 6-4 6-4 6-2. He was never in trouble and solid throughout on serve, giving up just one break in the victory. It was an extremely clean performance from Thiem, who stopped a potentially vocal home crowd from getting too much of a foothold into the match. “It was a really good match, my best match so far in this tournament,” said Thiem. “It was the first match for me at this tournament, where it didn’t have any up-and-downs. It was really solid. I’m very happy.”
Khachanov pulled off the shock victory against Juan Martin Del Potro, beating the Argentinian in 4 sets 7-5 6-3 3-6 6-3. The win guarantees him a top 10 place at the end of the tournament, a current career high. He kept the Del Potro forehand at bay while blasting off many a winner of his own, hitting 58 across the four sets. “That’s what I’m working for, to live moments like this,” Khachanov said. “When you win matches like this, you’re just happy. You’re just happy for all the efforts that you have done before, for all the matches that you played.”
Khachanov did outplay the Austrian in their only meeting so far, winning 6-4 6-1 at indoor Paris Masters – the surface that probably suits the Russian and his booming serve the most. It will be much tougher on Thiem’s favoured turf but the Russian certainly has the game to dominate this matchup still. “Here he reached three years in a row not less than the semi-finals. So for sure he’s one of the top ones on clay. But I will try to fight and let’s see.” the Russian added.
This is perhaps the hardest quarter-final to choose on the men’s side of the draw between two excellent, exciting young (ish) players. With Novak Djokovic or Sascha Zverev awaiting the victor in the semi-final, this is a massive opportunity for either Dominic Thiem or Karen Khachanov to take. Khachanov has the history in their head-to-head with that Paris win last year, but this was on a hard court, and Thiem truly comes into his own on clay. This could be an electric match, possibly even five sets, but the clay-specialist should be favoured to progress.
Karen Khachanov overcame Juan Martín Del Potro in a dramatic four-set battle, winning 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to reach his first grand slam quarter-final.
Del Potro missed five break points in the first set and was punished in the twelfth game as Khachanov converted his first opportunity, snatching the set as Del Potro netted a backhand.
After an even opening, the Russian threatened to run away with the match, winning the first 13 points in the second set as he broke to lead 3-0. Del Potro was putting in a strangely pantomime performance, arguing with the umpire, throwing rackets and even admonishing a spectator for calling out during play.
Khachanov, who won his breakthrough title at the Paris Masters in November, let his opponent back in at the start of the third set, with Del Potro breaking twice on his way to taking it 6-3.
With the light fading, the No 10 seed faced the prospect of returning to the court on Tuesday if Del Potro took it to a decider. When the Argentinian double-faulted in the second game, Khachanov sensed his chance and broke with an emphatic return.
Both men hit a higher gear in the fourth set, with ferocious forehands exchanged and absorbing rallies contested. Khachanov kept his opponent at bay, and a clinical short volley in the seventh game ended Del Potro’s resistance.
Top seed Novak Djokovic’s untroubled progress continued as he chalked up a fourth successive straight-sets victory on Monday, this time outclassing Jan-Lennard Struff to reach the quarter-finals.
His 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 defeat of the 45th-ranked German means Djokovic is the first man to reach 10 successive quarter-finals at Roland Garros – a feat even Rafael Nadal has not achieved.