No spam ever. Unsubscribe in one click. By submitting your email address, you indicate your consent to receiving email marketing messages from us.

Khachanov vs Berrettini ATP Sofia Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Top seed, Khachanov opens Sofia title bid against Berrettini

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 5 Feb 2019
  • Karen Khachanov vs Matteo Berrettini is live from Sofia on Wednesday, 6 February from 7:30pm local time/ 5:30pm GMT
  • Khachanov and Berrettini meet for the first time on Wednesday
Karen Khachanov. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Top seed, Karen Khachanov opens his quest for the Sofia title on Wednesday when he takes on Italian, Matteo Berrettini in the second round.

After his strong finish to 2018, when he defeated four top-ten players, including Novak Djokovic, to win the Paris Masters, Khachanov has not really got going in the new season, winning just two of his four matches so far.

The Russian had a difficult draw in his season opener in Doha, falling 7-6 6-4 to Stan Wawrinka in the first round, while he could only manage a third-round run at the Australian Open, suffering a tame straight sets loss to Roberto Bautista-Agut. He got back to winning ways over the weekend, scoring victories over the Swiss duo of Henri Laaksonen and Marc-Andrea Huesler in Biel to propel his country into November's Finals.

Khachanov rose to No. 11 in the world during a brilliant 2018, when he claimed titles in Marseille, Moscow and Paris, scoring consecutive top-ten wins over John Isner, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Djokovic in the latter. He also made the semi-finals in Toronto, and was consistent at the Slams, reaching the fourth round at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon, and pushing Rafael Nadal to four sets in a high quality third-round clash at the US Open.

The Russian will have his sights set on his top-ten debut this year, and a good week in Sofia, where he is making his debut appearance, will certainly boost that quest. There 22-year-old hasn’t yet hit his stride this year, but when he does, the powerful Russian is an extremely dangerous customer and can hit through the field, just like he showed last season- is this the week when he gets it going in 2019?

He starts his campaign on Wednesday against Italy's Berrettini. 


Matteo Berrettini. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
22-year-old Berrettini is also one of the rising stars on the tour, but he has somewhat flown under the radar. The Italian had fallen as low as 883 in 2016 after a lengthy injury lay-off, but he has been making climbing up the rankings in the last couple of years, moving to the verge of the top 50 in 2018, after starting the season at 135th in the world. He peaked at No. 52 in the world last season, and finished the year just a couple of positions below that at 54th.

Berrettini claimed his first career title in Gstaad last season, beating Roberto Bautista-Agut in the final, while he also made the quarter finals in Kitzbuhel and the third round at Roland Garros, where he pushed eventual finalist, Dominic Thiem to four sets. He also claimed a Challenger title in Bergamo, and was runner-up in Irving. 

He has made a slow start to the new campaign, losing opening round matches to Roberto Bautista-Agut and Stefanos Tsitsipas in Doha and the Australian Open respectively (tough draws, given what his opponents have gone on to do this year), while he made the second round in Auckland in between, falling in three sets to Leonardo Mayer. 

Berrettini picked up just his second win of the season in his Sofia opener, beating Denis Istomin 6-4 7-6. The Italian saved three set points in the second-set tie break, battling back from 6-4 down before winning the 16-point breaker. Despite sending down 10 aces, he served at only 48% for the match, but he converted a high percentage of both his first and second serves (81% and 67% respectively), and was broken just once.

Berrettini has had most of his early success on clay, but he can be more than a handful on a hard court, as he possesses a good serve, and has got good pace off the ground, especially on the forehand wing. However, Khachanov showed his indoor prowess with three titles last season, including a hugely impressive Masters 1000 crown in Paris, and he goes into Wednesday's meeting as the favourite. Berrettini has enough to trouble the Russian, but I reckon the top seed will be just too strong in these conditions.

Karen Khachanov vs Matteo Berrettini is live from Sofia on Wednesday, 6 February from 7:30pm local time/ 5:30pm GMT

*Geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify

Upcoming Events


Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

Khachanov vs Berrettini ATP Sofia Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Top seed, Khachanov opens Sofia title bid against Berrettini

Karen Khchanov begins his quest for the Sofia title on Wednesday when he plays Italian, Matteo Berrettini. Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

Read more »

You have unread messages

You have unread messages