TennisSection previews the 2022 US Open as Pablo Carreno Busta takes on Karen Khachanov in the Round of 16 on Sunday, September 4th, 2022.
Will Pablo Carreno Busta get the win? Will Karen Khachanov pull off the upset? This will be a fascinating one, where we have a big hitting matchup for a spot in the last eight. Who will triumph and move through to the quarterfinals at the 2022 US Open?
Pablo Carreno Busta took down Alex de Minaur in a fun match, winning in 4 sets to set up an exciting match with Karen Khachanov. PCB has the weapons to win this one, but he’ll have to be very stable throughout the match, and not let Khachanov lean in on his forehand wing, or it’ll be trouble for the Spaniard. While I can see Khachanov taking this one, PCB’s form lately has been really good lately as he looks to return to the last eight here at the 2022 US Open.
Karen Khachanov won an interesting match with Jack Draper, 6-3 4-6 6-5 (ret), while unfortunately Draper did have to retire, Khachanov played at an amazing level in that first set, showing why he’s still up there with the big boys in the rankings despite some unfortunate results lately. Pablo Carreno Busta will be a whole other affair though, but I think Khachanov will have what it takes here. Let’s see if he’s able to bring his top level to fight for a spot in the quarterfinals at the 2022 US Open.
Pablo Carreno Busta and Karen Khachanov have met 8 times before, with Karen Khachanov leading the head to head 5-3.While PCB might be in better form, I really like this matchup for Khachanov, he’ll be able to deal with the flat hitting while forcing PCB on the backfoot, not allowing him to wear him down as he’s typically able to do. He’s won their last 3 meetings, and leads their hard court head to head 4-1, only losing 1 set to him in all 5 meetings. Their history to me on top of the matchup makes me lean towards a slight upset here as Khachanov aims to book his spot in the quarterfinals at the 2022 US Open.
Free Tennis Prediction and Pick: Karen Khachanov in 4 Sets.
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