Australian Open 2023: Sebastian Korda vs. Karen Khachanov Tennis Pick and Prediction

Australian Open 2023: Sebastian Korda vs. Karen Khachanov Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2023 Australian Open as Sebastian Korda takes on Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinal on Tuesday, January 24, 2023.

Sebastian Korda and Karen Khachanov have injected a new lease of life at this year’s Australian Open. But only one of these two men will earn a spot in the semifinal. Who will it be?

Following the footsteps of his father Petr, Sebastian Korda has a monumental task ahead of him if he is to win the Australian Open title. The 22-year-old survived a five-set dogfight against Hubert Hurkacz in the previous round, saving two crucial break points deep in the fifth set before prevailing in the 10-point tiebreak. Young Korda is now just three matches away from emulating his father’s feat from 1998 when he won his only Major title in singles. And his first assignment will be to take down in-form Karen Khachanov.

Karen Khachanov, for his part, joins a gaudy list of players who have reached Major quarterfinals at all four Grand Slams. And the Russian did it in an impeccable manner, trouncing Yoshihito Nishioka 6-0 6-0 7-6 in the most brutal defeat of the Japanese’s career. Khachanov is making some serious inroads at the Majors, could he reach a second successive semifinal when he takes on Sebastian Korda?

Sebastian Korda leads Karen Khachanov 2-1 in their head-to-head, with the American winning their most recent clash in Antwerp last autumn. However, Khachanov won the pair’s meeting at Grand Slam level at Wimbledon in 2021 in five sets. Khachanov’s run has been nothing short but mesmeric, barely trailing at any point en route to the fourth round. For Korda, his giant-killing run includes a fabulous straight-sets win over Daniil Medvedev in the third round. It will be very hard to pick a winner and the safest bet would be backing the games market here.

Free Tennis Prediction and Pick: Sebastian Korda in 5 sets

Free Value Bet: Over 36.5 games in the match

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