TennisSection previews the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as Diego Schwartzman takes on Karen Khachanov in the Round of 16 on Wednesday, July 28th, 2021.
Will Karen Khachanov continue to improve his game as he aims to get himself far as one of the two Russians left in the draw? Will Diego Schwartzman be able to get a good win over a solid opponent after not having a very tough draw so far? Both players can win this match if they are on top of their game, but only one will make their way to the Quarter-Final here at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Who will it be?
Karen Khachanov put on a solid performance in the second round, beating the Australian James Duckworth in straight sets 7-5/6-1. This was a very solid win for Karen because he was able to get through the tight first set by maintaining his composure and then he used the momentum to dominate in the second set. Karen is looking to give Russia a strong chance at a medal here in Tokyo as he is now one of the two Russians left in the last 16 and if he is able to beat Diego Schwartzman, either he or Medvedev will have a strong chance at a medal.
Diego Schwartzman came through a very tight straight sets match against Tomas Machac, beating the Czech 6-4/7-5. Diego Schwartzman is definitely improving but he is still not where he needs to be because if he was at his best he would not be winning these matches so tightly but rather dominating them. Diego will know this and he will have to improve and work on his game if he wants to succeed in the US hard court season next month, and if he also wants to get the win over Karen Khachanov to get himself into the Quarter-Finals here at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Diego Schwartzman and Karen Khachanov have met 3 times before, with Diego Schwartzman leading the head to head 2-1. All of their matches have been very tight and I expect the same here in Tokyo. If this was the end of the 2020 season I would have chosen Schwartzman to win hands down. However, Schwartzman has not faced as tough competition as Khachanov here and he has struggled somewhat. Khachanov has been in good form and the conditions suit him more than Diego. I expect an up and down match for both players, but Karen will make his way to the Quarter-Finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Karen Khachanov to Win.
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