Russian Karen Khachanov will play against American Sebastian Korda in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. The match will take place on January 24, starting at 03:00 GMT.
Australian Open 2023
|Karen Khachanov||vs||Sebastian Korda|
Date: January 23, 2023.
Tournament: Australian Open 2023
Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia.
Surface: Outdoor Hardcourt.
Prize money: A$76,500,000.
Karen Khachanov had an incredible match against Yoshihito Nishioka in the fourth round. Karen beat the strong Japanese with a score of 6:0, 6:0, 7:6 with a devastating score.
In this match, Khachanov took the first 14 games and led 6:0, 6:0, 2:0. And according to Karen, he was also in shock, absolutely not understanding what was happening.
For example, in the second game, Nishioka took only two points. Khachanov is now one of nine active players who have reached the quarterfinals in all Grand Slam tournaments.
In the previous rounds, Khachanov won against Spaniard Bernabe Zapata-Miralles, Jason Kubler and American Francis Tiafoe.
Sebastian Korda, meanwhile, reached the quarter-finals for the first time at the Grand Slam. Sebastian has two tough matches behind him, which showed that he is capable of fighting for the title.
In the third round, Sebastian defeated Daniil Medvedev – 7:6, 6:3, 7:6. The Russian, after the first set, did not understand what to do to make the American make mistakes in the games on the pitch.
And in the fourth round, Korda outplayed Hubert Hurkach in a crazy match – 3:6, 6:3, 6:2, 1:6, 7:6. In the final set there was an absolutely equal game, right up to the tie-break, where the Pole made several offensive mistakes.
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Head to Head
Both tennis players met each other 3 times. Sebastian Korda is ahead of Karen Khachanov in their current heads-up showdown by a narrow margin of 2-1.
|Karen Khachanov win 2.08||Sebastian Korda win 1.80|
Karen lost twice to Sebastian last season – first at the Masters in Cincinnati, and then at a tournament in Antwerp. The American did not give up a single set.
And there is a suspicion that Korda will again become an insurmountable obstacle for Khachanov, who reached the quarterfinals too easily. The opponent will really benefit from the stressful experience gained in recent matches.
Prediction: Khachanov to win.