TennisSection previews the 2022 Paris Masters as Karen Khachanov takes on Marc-Andrea Huesler in the second round on Tuesday, November 1st, 2022.
Karen Khachanov made a strong start to his 2022 Paris Masters campaign. And the big-hitting Russian will be hoping for more of the same when he faces in-form Swiss Marc-Andrea Hueslerwho has already earned a major scalp in his opener. Who will book their place in the Round of 16?
Karen Khachanov needed just 58 minutes and barely broke sweat as he demolished Sebastian Baez 6-1 6-1 in his opening match at the Paris Masters. Khachanov, winner of this event in 2018, made light work of the Argentine whose dwindling run of form ended at his last ATP tournament of the year. The Russian produced a stellar performance, in which he won 83% first-serve points and broke serve five times. Khachanov nullified all three break points he faced on his own serve to advance.
Marc-Andrea Huesler produced the biggest shock of the day as he eliminated 11th seed Jannik Sinner in straight sets. Hueslermemorably captured his maiden ATP title in Sofia at the start of October. But he suffered from a post-title hangover in his last three tournaments, losing in the first round each time. His fortunes changed at the Paris Masters. Having navigated his way through qualifying, the Swiss left hander nullified Sinner’s power with his superb defensive baseline game and his ability to conjure up angled shots took the Italian out of his comfort zone.
Karen Khachanov leads Marc-Andrea Huesler 1-0 in their head-to-head. The Russian won their solitary meeting in a Davis Cup singles rubber in 2019. Huesler was in the form of his life at the Sofia Open, garnering wins over Pablo Carreno Busta, Lorenzo Musetti and Holger Rune. And his shock win over Sinner at the Paris Masters means that he cannot be taken lightly in his next assignment. Khachanov, like Sinner, possess raw power from the forehand side, but that is not a recipe to success against Huesler whose anticipation is top notch. The Swiss lefty is a difficult man to stop when he gets in the groove as he has shown this season and I’m backing the upset here.
Free Tennis Prediction and Pick: Marc-Andrea Huesler in 3 Sets.
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