TennisSection previews the 2022 Paris Masters as Karen Khachanov takes on Sebastian Baez in the first round on Monday, October 31st, 2022.
Will Karen Khachanov draw upon his 2018 heroics at the Paris Masters by pulling off another odds-defying triumph? Or could he fall at the first hurdle when he takes on Argentina’s Sebastian Baez? Judging by their recent records, the Russian will be expected to power into the second round.
Karen Khachanov, for the most part this season, has played solidly. With a 34-24 record for the season and reaching his first ATP final in what must have felt like eternity in Adelaide, Khachanov has done sufficient work to re-enter the top 20. He had top 10 aspirations in mind at the turn of the year, but he will be pleased with his efforts. And considering that he missed playing at Wimbledon due to the ban imposed on Russian players, he could have feasibly been a genuine threat there. Nonetheless, the world No. 18 will be looking to get his 2022 Paris Masters campaign off to a winning start.
Sebastian Baez, meanwhile, is enduring a turbulent second half of the season. With just one win since mid-July, the Argentine could do with an off-season right now. Baez has been shocking outside his beloved clay, tallying just six wins all season. His ranking has also taken a significant hit, dropping down eight spots from his career-high ranking of No. 31. Baez’s form in the first half of the season made him a stalwart on clay, as he collected his first-ever ATP title in Estoril.
Karen Khachanov and Sebastian Baez have not played each other on the ATP Tour. Monday’s match at the Paris Masters will be their first official meeting. Baez’s dreadful run of form shows no signs of ending as he gets to play another tough opener. Since winning the Paris Masters in 2018, Khachanov has not enjoyed his return to Bercy down the years. But it would be a monumental upset of epic proportions if he will fall to the out-of-form Argentine.
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