TennisSection previews the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as Karen Khachanov takes on Ugo Humbert in the Quarter-Finals on Thursday, July 29th, 2021.
Which of these two players who caused an upset in the third round will make it to the Semi-Finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics? Will it be the big swinging Russian, Karen Khachanov? Will it be the very in form and up and coming flamboyant Frenchman, Ugo Humbert? Both of these players can win this match if they are on top of their game, but only one will get into the Semi-Finals. Who will it be?
Ugo Humbert put on a superb comeback performance in the third round, shocking us all and beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in 3 sets 2-6/7-6/6-2. It was not as tight as their prior encounter where Humbert also won, as Humber was able to really dictate play in the second and third set to get the win. Ugo will be so happy of how far here has come here in Tokyo, but he will know that he can go even further if he is at his best. However, he meets another tough opponent in Karen Khachanov so he needs to be at his best if he wants to progress at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Karen Khachanov also caused an upset in the third round, beating Diego Schwartzman in a very entertaining 3 set encounter, 6-1/2-6/6-1. It was good to see Karen Khachanov get a big win under his belt after a while of not beating high ranked opponents, but he will also know that he should have not let his guard down in the second set so easily. Karen is the second Russian left in the mens draw after Daniil Medvedev and he will want to give Russia the best chance at a medal here by beating Ugo Humbert here at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Karen Khachanov and Ugo Humbert have never met before, with this being their first ever career meeting. I expect a very tight and entertaining encounter between these two determined players. Karen obviously has more experience than Ugo, having won bigger titles. However, Ugo has been the more in form player over the last 2 years on the ATP Tour. Ugo also beat a much tougher opponent in Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round. Both of them can win if they are at their best, especially Khachanov because his prime was very tough to beat. However, going off of performance all tournament, Ugo will find a slight edge here due to his lefty game hurting Khachanov’s less solid backhand side. Humbert will make his way to the Semi-Finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Ugo Humbert in 3 Sets.
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