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Khachanov vs Haase ATP Toronto live streaming, preview and tips - Haase targets back-to-back Canada Masters semi-finals

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 10 Aug 2018
  • Karen Khachanov vs Robin Haase is live from Toronto at 6.30pm local time on Friday (11.30pm BST)
  • First career meeting between the pair
Robin Haase (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Karen Khachanov and Robin Haase square off for the first time with a spot in the Rogers Cup semi-finals on the line in Toronto on Friday night.

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Sometimes, for reasons largely unknown, players randomly peak at certain events throughout the season - and the Canada Masters is turning into one of those tournaments for Haase. The Dutchman advanced to his one and only Masters 1000 semi-final last year at the Rogers Cup when the tournament was held in Montreal, beating Grigor Dimitrov and Diego Schwartzman before falling to Roger Federer - and now he’s one win away from repeating that showing here in Toronto.

Indeed, Haase has been in stellar touch this week, returning to the quarter-finals without dropping a set in polished performances against Kei Nishikori, Mikhail Youzhny and Denis Shapovalov. His 7-5 6-1 win over Nishikori was extremely impressive, but equally as profound was the way he completely took the crowd out of the equation in his 7-5 6-2 win over Shapovalov on Thursday night, cruising to victory after the Canadian imploded with a total of 42 unforced errors. For a man who is known for his own erratic performances, it was a workmanlike display from Haase.

The 31-year-old is currently 21-22 for the season and ranked at No. 39 in the world - six spots off his career-high mark No. 33, which he hit all the way back in 2012 when he won his second (and to date last) ATP World Tour title on the clay of Kitzbuhel - a crown he successfully defended having triumphed in the Austrian city the previous year. Haase hasn’t done too much of note this season - he’s made a pair of semi-finals in Auckland and Umag and quarter-finals in Pune and Rotterdam, but the Dutchman is maybe in the middle of conjuring up another special run here in Canada?

Karen Khachanov (Photo by EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Karen Khachanov has quietly advanced into his first ever ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final this week - and he’s also yet to drop a set in outstanding wins over Filip Krajinovic, Pablo Carreno Busta and recent Wimbledon semi-finalist John Isner. With his previous best appearances at Masters 1000 level resulting in third round finishes in Miami and Monte-Carlo earlier this season, can Khachanov keep his run going in Toronto?


Touted as a future top 10 player and Grand Slam champion for the last few years now, Khachanov has done a nice job of establishing himself inside the world’s top 50 over the last 12 months or so, positioning himself nicely for a tilt at the top 20 for the remainder of 2018, arriving in Toronto as the World No. 38 and currently projected to reach a career-high No. 29 by virtue of his quarter-final showing this week.

After winning his first ATP World Tour title in 2016 as the World No. 106 in Chengdu, Khachanov was fairly consistent in 2017 during his first full season on tour, reaching the semi-finals in Halle, the quarter-finals in Barcelona, Lyon, Bastad, Hamburg and advancing to the fourth round of the French Open, beating the likes of Tomas Berdych and John Isner before falling to Andy Murray. Khachanov repeated that effort earlier in 2018 Roland Garros, making the fourth round again before going down in five sets to Alexander Zverev, while he also made the Round of 16 at Wimbledon (lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic) and picked up his second career title by beating Lucas Pouille for the Marseille crown in February.

Haase and Khachanov have never played before, and judging by how they’ve advanced into the Rogers Cup quarter-finals, this promises to be a very even contest. Khachanov probably has a bit more easy power from the baseline, but Haase is still capable of matching him in the shotmaking department when his game is flowing. There’s not much splitting these two, but I’ll lean on the side of Haase courtesy of his recent good record in Canada.


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Khachanov vs Haase ATP Toronto live streaming, preview and tips - Haase targets back-to-back Canada Masters semi-finals

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