TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Karen Khachanov takes on Lloyd Harris in the Round of 128 on Tuesday, August 31st, 2021.
Will Lloyd Harris get a big win under his belt as he aims to continue making a name for himself and get further than expected here at the 2021 US Open? Will Karen Khachanov be able to find his way into the late stages here at the 2021 US Open by building some early momentum? Both players can win this match if they are at their best, but only one will make their way to the Round of 64 of the 2021 US Open. Who will it be?
Lloyd Harris has been in good form over the North American hard court season, going 5-4 in all of his matches, beating the likes of Rafael Nadal along the way. Lloyd knows he can beat top 10 players as he has beaten 2 already this year, and this is because he has a huge serve and forehand which flies through the court in these hard court conditions. However, Lloyd will have to ensure he is at his best right from the start here at the 2021 US Open as he meets the powerhitting and in form Karen Khachanov right from the start.
Karen Khachanov has been in good form recently, winning the Silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and then getting a couple of good wins in these North American hard court conditions. Karen is definitely finding the form which we know he can play with and it is good to see, because when Karen is at his best, he can beat anyone and everyone on the ATP Tour with his amazing serve and forehand. Karen will know he has lost some momentum since he won the Silver medal, but he knows he can get this back with a couple of good wins early on here at the 2021 US Open, especially against the likes of Lloyd Harris.
Karen Khachanov and Lloyd Harris have met 1 time before, with Karen Khachanov leading the head to head 1-0. Karen won their only prior encounter easily in 2016, and since then both of them have improved a lot. Although Lloyd Harris has been able to find some good wins, especially his win against Rafael Nadal, he is not been as consistent as expected. Karen, on the other hand, has been very consistent and he is showing us that he is on the rise again. I expect a tight match between these two powerhitters who will give it their best, but I think the experience and recent success of Khachanov will be the difference here as he makes his way to the Round of 64 of the 2021 US Open.
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