Diego Schwartzman vs Karen Khachanov
Diego Schwartzman will play against Karen Khachanov in a quarterfinal in Vienna and that’s our Best tennis prediction for today. The game is on Friday, 25 October and will not start before 16:30 UK.
Diego Schwartzman world number 15 made a great tournament in New York where he reached the ¼ final in the US Open. He started with a win in the 1st round against Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6, 6-0 and then in the 2nd, he beat again in 3 sets Egor Gerasimov 6-4, 6-2, 6-0. The Argentinian won his 3rd match in the tournament again without losing a set against Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 6-1, 6-3. In the round of 16, Schwartzman faced Alexander Zverev and everyone expected him to lose and Zverev won the 1st set 3-6 in that game but then Diego eliminated him by winning 3 sets in row 6-2, 6-4, 6-3. However, he got no chance in the ¼ final against Rafa Nadal and lost without winning a set 4-6, 5-7, 2-6. After that in Beijing, he was eliminated in the 2nd round from Sam Querrey 6-7, 7-6, 3-6 and lost his first match on the Shanghai Masters 6-7, 2-6. He played awful in Antwerp too and lost his first game from Marius Copil 4-6, 7-5, 6-7. Finally in Vienna, Diego won two matches in a row – in the 1st round against Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-4 and in the 2nd against Sam Querrey after tiebreak in the final set.
Karen Khachanov world number 9 reached the 3rd round in Cincinnati but lost from Lucas Pouille. Then he lost in the US Open in the 1st round from Vasek Pospisil and in the 2nd round in St. Petersburg from Joao Sousa. In Asia in Beijing, Khachanov finally played better and won 3 matches in a row against Pablo Cuevas, Jeremy Chardy, and Fabio Fognini but was stopped in the ½ final from Dominic Thiem. On the Shanghai Masters he was beaten in the 3rd round from Fabio Fognini and in Russia in Moscow the Russian lost in the ¼ final from Andreas Seppi. In Vienna so far Karen did great and beat Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 7-6 and in the 2nd round, he eliminated Marton Fucsovics who retired in the 3rd set.
Schwartzman and Khachanov played twice and both matches were in 2017. Diego beat him in the 1st round in Miami 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 and then Khachanov won 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 in Cincinnati. The Russian is favorite to win but I expect a close match that will get in the 3rd set. Best tennis prediction for today: Over 2.5 sets