US Open 2022: Karen Khachanov vs. Denis Kudla Tennis Pick and Prediction

US Open 2022: Karen Khachanov vs. Denis Kudla Tennis Pick and Prediction

Karen Khachanov will face off with Denis Kudla in the First Round of the 2022 US Open. The match will be played on Monday August 29th, 2022.

Yet another interesting First Round matchup is upon us here at the 2022 US Open as Karen Khachanov of Russia will meet the American Denis Kudla. Khachanov is the big favorite on paper but has been quite inconsistent in recent seasons, while Kudla has the home crowd support on his side. This match seems set to be more difficult than it appears on paper, who will come out on top?

27th seeded Russian Karen Khachanov will begin his US Open campaign against Denis Kudla. The Russian has been in the top 30 in the world for quite some time, but he has seen his results and ranking start to slide in recent seasons. He has been having yet another inconsistent season, after solid clay court results after Wimbledon, he has gone 2-3 on hard courts since. This is his best surface and his power hitting can be a real handful, but there seems to be no direction and purpose to his game anymore and that is why the results have been this way. He should still be considered the favorite to advance here against Kudla but he is very tough to trust these days. 

Denis Kudla is a solid American veteran that finds himself ranked #97 in the world. He is known as a gritty fighter that is solid from the baseline without any real weapons. He willhave the support of the US Open crowd but is up against it here, facing an opponent ranked much higher than he is in Karen Khachanov. To add to his challenges, he has gone 1-6 since Wimbledon, so he doesn’t even have form on his side here. That being said, Khachanov is hardly a model of consistency and is prone to terrible performances, so Kudla shouldn’t be totally dismissed from your thinking here. His best hope of victory here is for his opponent to have an off day, which while possible is never a good strategy to rely on. 

This match between Karen Khachanov and Denis Kudla is difficult to predict since they have both been in pretty miserable form lately. They have played each other twice in the past, winning on match apiece. Khachanov obviously has more top-level experience and better results, but Kudla has the home crowd support and is a bit more solid. With all things considered, I am going to back the Russian to win here. If focused and playing well he has much more upside and should be able to wear his opponent down with his power hitting. However, if he is not at 100% I think that the American can frustrate him and take a set or two, so I don’t have much confidence in the set or score markets. I will bet Khachanov to advance here at the US Open with confidence, but stay away from other markets.

Free Tennis Prediction and Pick: Karen Khachanov to Win.

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