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Medvedev vs Khachanov ATP Montreal Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Medvedev and Khachanov meet in all-Russian Rogers Cup semi-final

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 10 Aug 2019
  • Daniil Medvedev vs Karen Khachanov is live from Montreal on Saturday, 10 August from 3:00pm local time/ 8:00pm BST
  • Medvedev and Khachanov have split their two previous meetings
Daniil Medvedev (PA Sport)

After securing convincing wins in their respective quarter-finals, Russian top-ten stars, Daniil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov will meet for the third time on Saturday as they battle for a spot in the Rogers Cup final.

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Medvedev, especially, has been in tremendous form this week, blasting into the semi-finals without dropping a set. He has lost just 13 games in victories over Kyle Edmund, Cristian Garin and most recently, Dominic Thiem in the quarter finals on Friday.

Medvedev had lost his two previous matches against Thiem, but he produced an utterly dominant performance on Friday to get off the mark against the Austrian, needing less than an hour to complete the 6-3 6-1 victory. The world No. 9 dropped just one point on his first serve (22 of 23), and lost seven service points in total. He did not give up a break point throughout the match, and converted four of the nine chances he carved out on Thiem's serve. Thiem later admitted that he wasn't feeling 100, but that takes absolutely nothing from the brilliance of Medvedev, who continues to enhance his status as one of the best players on the tour at the moment.

“Of course, I was expecting a tougher match," said Medvedev. "I was happy that I was able to play so well, to beat him so easily. It saved me a lot of energy. It gave me a lot of confidence, so I'm very happy."

The in-form Russian has now won seven of his last eight matches, having reached the final in Washington last week (lost to Nick Kyrgios).

Medvedev has put together a 37-15 record this season, with his only title of the year so far coming in Sofia in February. He has made other finals in Brisbane, Barcelona and Washington, while he reached semi-finals in Rotterdam, Monte Carlo and Queen's. The 23-year-old has had his bad patches, like when he lost four straight opening round matches in Madrid, Rome, Roland Garros and Stuttgart, but he has generally been excellent this year, and will attempt to reach his maiden Masters 1000 final when he takes on good friend, Khachanov in Montreal on Saturday.

Khachanov, of course, knows what it feels like to reach a Masters 1000 final, as he attained that feat at the end of last season, when he defeated four top-ten players, including Novak Djokovic en route winning his first Masters 1000 title at the Paris Masters.

That was one of three titles he won last year, the others being Marseille and Moscow as he shot up to No. 11 in the world. He surprisingly went very cold at the start of 2019, failing to cross the opening round in eight of his first ten tournaments. He has been a lot better in the last few months, the highest point of that improvement being his quarter final run at Roland Garros- a result that finally took him into the top-ten.

Khachanov has also made quarter finals at Indian Wells and Halle this season, but he hadn’t reached a semi-final in 2019, until Montreal. He has had to fight through a tough draw in Canada, opening with a three-set victory over world No. 3, Stan Wawrinka, before coming through another roller-coaster three-set contest with home favourite, Felix Auger-Aliassime in the third round. Khachanov recorded his most convincing win of the week in his quarter final against Alexander Zverev, taking down the German 6-3 6-3 to reach the Rogers Cup semi-finals for the second straight year. He received a big helping hand from Zverev, who sent down eight double faults in a forgettable outing, as he succumbed to a first ever Rogers Cup loss in Montreal, having won the tournament in 2017, the last time the Masters 1000 meet was staged in the city.

Khachanov, on the other hand, was very secure behind his serve, sending down five aces and no double faults, and winning 82% of points behind his first serve. He didn't face a break point until he served for the match at 6-3 5-3, but he responded strongly from 15-40 down, winning the next four points to even his series with Zverev at 2-2, and more importantly, move into the Rogers Cup semi-finals. 

“I think he didn't play his best, of course. On the other side, I played a good match tactically, I played solid from the baseline," Khachanov said. "Maybe he was missing a little bit more. That's why he got frustrated."

He will not get anywhere near the amount errors from compatriot, Medvedev, whom he meets in the semi-finals on Saturday.

“[It is] never easy to play against a friend from the same country. We grew up together. We played all the tournaments since 12 or 14," Khachanov said. "We know each other pretty well. From one side it's difficult, but from the other side both of us, we know what to expect, how we are playing completely different styles. [It should] be an interesting match."

Khachanov and Medvedev are both very capable of cranking up the pace- on serve and off the ground- but it is the more aggressive Khachanov that employs this option by default, while Medvedev has developed into more of a counterpuncher that sits back, absorbs and strikes. Mind you, the latter has also got explosive power if and when he needs it. It is this combination of power, defence and athleticism that makes him such a difficult man to beat when he is playing well. He has certainly been playing well this week, and heads into Saturday's all-Russian semi-finals as the favourite, in my opinion, to move into the championship match in Montreal.

Daniil Medvedev vs Karen Khachanov is live from Montreal on Saturday, 10 August from 3:00pm local time/ 8:00pm BST

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