Qatar Open 2022: Marin Cilic vs. Karen Khachanov Tennis Pick and Prediction

Qatar Open 2022: Marin Cilic vs. Karen Khachanov Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Qatar Open as Marin Cilic takes on Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinal on Thursday, February 17th, 2022.

Marin Cilic and Karen Khachanov will lock horns for the second time this year. The Croatian star is looking to avenge his loss in Adelaide, while Khachanov is seeking his first title since 2018 this week. Who will emerge victorious in this mouthwatering quarterfinal match at the Qatar Open?

Marin Cilic’s opening match at the Qatar Open went exactly according to plan. Having a received a first-round bye the Croatian wild card toppled US Open quarterfinalist Botic van de Zandschulp 6-3 7-5 in an hour and 43 minutes. He produced some clutch serving when it mattered, saving a whopping five break points from six on his serve. Cilic would break the Dutchman three times in the match and improves to 8-3 for the year. He will face Karen Khachanov for the fourth time in the series in a power-hitting contest.

Karen Khachanov, meanwhile, navigated his way into the last eight of the Qatar Open after seeing off two tricky challengers. Khachanov drew the dangerous American Mackenzie McDonald in his first match and won that match in straight sets, but not so straightforward. He produced a mirror scoreline in his next match win against Pune finalist Emil Ruusuvuori. He recovered from a nervous start in which he fell a break down before winning 7-6 6-3 in one and half hours.

Marin Cilic leads Karen Khachanov 2-1 in their head-to-head. Khachanov won their latest bout in Adelaide last month in two tight sets. Thursday’s match at the Qatar Open should be another high-quality affair. The courts in Doha are playing pretty fast this week which could make this match even more compelling. Both of them thrive in these conditions and the odds are pretty even pre-match. It is a tough call, but I think Khachanov might benefit from playing a couple of rounds and acclimatizing to these courts better. 

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Karen Khachanov to win in 3 sets.

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