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Alexander Zverev vs Khachanov ATP Paris Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Zverev and Khachanov battle for Paris semi-final spot

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 1 Nov 2018
  • Alexander Zverev vs Karen Khachanov is live from Paris on Friday, 2 November from 2:00pm local time/ 1:00pm GMT
  • Zverev won their two previous meetings
Alexander Zverev. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Alexander Zverev continues his bid for a first Paris Masters title on Friday when he takes on Russia's Karen Khachanov in the quarter finals.

Zverev is competing at the Paris Masters for just the second time in his career- he had lost on debut to Robin Haase last season, but the young German has put that right this year, moving past two tricky opponents, Frances Tiafoe and Diego Schwartzman without dropping a set.

Zverev's Grand Slam record continues to attract criticisms, but there is no questioning his numbers at Masters 1000 level. They are outstanding. At just 21, he already owns three Masters 1000 titles, two from last year, and one this season. His overall consistency at these tournaments is remarkably impressive, as he has now made the quarter finals or better at seven of the nine Masters 1000 tournaments in 2018.

Zverev won the Madrid title, made finals in Miami and Rome, semi-finals in Shanghai and Monte Carlo, and quarter finals in Toronto and now Paris. His only failures were at Indian Wells and Cincinnati, where he lost in the opening rounds to Joao Sousa and Robin Haase respectively.

Outside the Masters 1000 tournaments, Zverev picked up titles in Munich and Washington to take his tally for the season to three, and nine overall. He is on a tour-leading 54 match wins for the season, just one shy of his personal best mark from last season. To get to 54, he had to take down the tenacious Schwartzman, and he did it very competently, dropping just six points in his first serve, and saving all four break points he faced in a 6-4 6-2 victory.

The 21-year-old is seeking his third straight ATP World Tour semi-final, having made the last four in his last two appearances in Shanghai and Basel.


While Zverev relatively strolled to victory over Schwartzman, his next opponent, Karen Khachanov was busy missing and saving match points against John Isner in his Round-of-16 thriller. Khachanov eventually came through 6-4 6-7 7-6 to advance to the quarter finals after almost two and a half hours.

Karen Khachanov. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
The 22-year-old made the dream start, breaking the formidable Isner serve in the first game of the match, and predictably, as both men settled, that proved to be the difference in the opening set, as neither man could carve out another break point.

The break point drought continued through the second set, leading into a tie break, and Khachanov looked set to seal the match when he edged into a 6-4 lead, but he could to convert any of both match points, neither could he convert at 8-7. It was Isner who eventually came through on his third set point on the 20th point of the breaker.

Break points finally made a reappearance early in the deciding set with Isner battling back from 0-40 to hold in the second game of the set, and then fending off another break point in the fourth game as Khachanov applied early pressure. The opportunities dried up after that as the match drifted into another dramatic tie break. Khachanov saved two match points before converting his second match point of the set, and fifth of the match to claim a tough win. He probably deserved it in the end as he was the one asking most of the questions, while he went through the entire match without facing break point, although Isner is hardly the best returner out there.

Khachanov is through to his seventh quarter final of the season, while he will look to move past the last eight of an ATP World Tour tournament for the fourth time this year. He already has two titles this year, from Marseille and Moscow, while he made the fourth round at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon in his other standout results in a fine campaign during which he has broken into the top 20.

He has been good in Paris, opening with a 7-5 6-2 victory over Filip Krajinovic, before moving past Matt Ebden, who retired while trailing 6-2 2-0 in the second round. He then squeezed past Isner to take his place in the last eight.

Can he advance to his second Masters 1000 semi-final (after Toronto) by beating Alexander Zverev for the first time on Friday?

Khachanov's serve did not come under much pressure against Isner on Thursday, but that should change on Friday, as Zverev is much more potent on the return of serve. That of course means the Russian's got to serve very well to hold off the German. The same theory applies to Zverev, as Khachanov will be waiting to pounce should the German have a bad serving day. It's an intriguing battle of the ground, with Zverev stronger off the backhand wing, and Khachanov more potent on the forehand side. It's all about maximizing your strength and protecting your weakness, while trying to expose the other man's shortcomings. 

Zverev won both previous meetings, in St. Petersburg in 2016, and more recently at Roland Garros, where the German had to fight back from two-sets-to-one down to win in five. I believe Khachanov is very capable of pulling off the win, but I think Zverev is the more balanced player- off the serve, the ground and particularly, his athleticism. If the German plays well, I'd expect him to win this one.

Alexander Zverev vs Karen Khachanov is live from Paris on Friday, 2 November from 2:00pm local time/ 1:00pm GMT

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