Khachanov vs Nadal: prediction for the Australian Open match
Karen Khachanov had a terrific start to the season. In Adelaide, the Russian tennis player was the runner-up at the first tournament and reached the quarterfinals at the second one. In the main draw of the Australian Open, Khachanov has looked impressive, too - he defeated Denis Kudla (3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6) in four sets and then cruised to victory over Benjamin Bonzi (6-4, 6-0, 7-5).
Rafael Nadal started his season with a victory at the tournament in Melbourne. The Spaniard won all the matches in straight sets. He continues his flawless run at the Australian Open. In the opening match, Nadal defeated Marcos Giron (6-1, 6-4, 6-2), and in the second round match beat Yannick Hanfmann (6-2, 6-3, 6-4). Rafa has played in the final of the Australian Open five times in his career but has won the trophy only once.
In 3 of Nadal's last 5 matches, no more than 9 games were played in the first set
Khachanov played 2 tie-breaks in his last 5 matches.
Nadal and Khachanov have met eight times before, and the Spaniard won every time. Rafa is in perfect shape and should be able to close his opponent in three straight sets.
Our prediction - handicap (-6) to Nadal
Nadal has warmed up before the start of the major and won the Melbourne Summer Set. At the current tournament, he had no problems so far, and we think that Khachanov doesn't stand a chance.
Second bet - totla under 36 games