In the 1/8 finals of the ATP tournament in Astana, Russian tennis player Karen Khachanov will play against Marin Cilic from Croatia.
Marin CilicThe 34-year-old representative of Croatia started the tournament in Kazakhstan yesterday.
In the 1/16 finals, Cilic did not have the best match, but still Marin was able to win a strong-willed victory over Oscar Otte from Germany in three sets – 5:7; 7:6 (7:4); 6:2. In the first set, Cilic was the first to break in the middle of the game and came out on the score of 4:2 by games. However, Marin quickly lost his advantage. And with the score 5:6 in favor of Otte, Cilic lost a game on his serve for the second time, which allowed the German to take the set. In the second set, the tennis players have already played without a break. At the same time, Cilic had a chance to create a minimal advantage for himself, but with the score 3:3 in games, Marin missed his advantage from the score 40:15. As a result, it came to a tie-break, where the Croat was still stronger. At the start of the decisive game, Cilic immediately made a break and then for the second time in a row could pick up a game on the opponent's serve. However, Marin again missed his advantage with a score of 40:15. A similar situation was repeated with the score 4:1 in games. However, having reached the score of 5:2 in games, the Croat still made the second break and closed the match in his favor. The tennis players spent two hours and thirty-five minutes on the court.
Karen KhachanovThe 26-year-old Russian tennis player, in turn, started the tournament in Astana the day before yesterday.
In the 1/16 finals Khachanov played a pretty good match and beat Maxim Kressy from the USA in two sets – 6:4; 7:6 (7:3). In the first set, the tennis players worked competently on their serves, but with the score 4:4 in games, Karen made a break and then he calmly served for the game. In the second set, the tennis players again competently worked on their serves without mistakes, as a result, this time it came to a tie-break, where Khachanov turned out to be much better. The tennis players spent an hour and a half on the court.
Karen Khachanov and Marin Cilic played together for the last time not so long ago. On August tenth at the ATP tournament in Montreal in the 1/16 finals, Cilic was much stronger on hard – 6:3; 6:2.
ForecastIn this match Karen Khachanov is considered a small favorite among bookmakers.
At the same time, there can be any outcome between equal tennis players. There should be a hard fight here, and therefore we suggest that you put more than 22.5 games on the total.