Novak Djokovic‘s hunt for a second French Open continues on Monday when he takes on Karen Khachanov for a spot in the quarter-finals in Paris. Should he win, his most likely opponent in the last eight will be Pablo Carreno Busta. It offers him a quick opportunity to exercise those demons against the opponent he had his US Open meltdown in.
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After his impressive win against Christian Garin, Khachanov is one of two Russians (Andrey Rublev) left in the draw. He hit 32 winners and picked up eight breaks against the Chilean to make it four straight years in at least the fourth round in Paris. It’s a stage he has never made in any other slam in a combined 12 attempts.
Djokovic’s third round match up with Daniel Elahi Galan was about as uneventful as expected as the clear gap in quality showed from the beginning. He won eighth straight games to start the match before the Colombian eventually settled down and made the score a little more respectable at 6-0 6-2 6-3. ”If you impose yourself from the very beginning on the court, which I have in those first three matches here, then it makes it hard for them to really believe that they can come back and make a turnaround in the match,” said Djokovic.
Khachanov’s career peak came at the Paris Masters 2 years ago, where he beat Djokovic in the final for his first Masters title. However, his big serve and flat hitting will not quite have the efficiency on clay that they would on indoor hard courts. It should be a much nicer matchup for Djokovic on clay, who is eager to get back to slam winning ways after the disappointment in New York.
Prediction – Novak Djokovic in straight sets