Khachanov Takes on Rafael Nadal in Round 32 at WimbledonPublished July 7, 2017 by Florin P
Rafael Nadal strives to extend his invincible run and win in straight sets against Karen Khachanov (3:00 p.m UK Time).
Rafael Nadal has had an impressive record and Roland Garros, winning all the matches without dropping a set. So far, the Spanish champion is on track to repeat his performance at Wimbledon, but there are plenty of rounds left to play. For the time being, the top priority is to resist the relentless attacks of Khachanov an up and coming Russian player.
All on the Line for Big Serving Khachanov
Khachanov greatly exceeded expectations one week ago, when he made his debut on grass. Eventually he was stopped in his tracks by Roger Federer who went on to win the tournament at Halle. Even so, he managed to break twice and this is precisely the kind of ability that he will be counting on against Nadal.
The first set will be very important for the outcome of the game, as Rafael has the uncanny ability of wrapping up games quickly. Having said this, on gras hey has always had a problem against players serving well and Khachanov falls into this category. A tiebreak is very likely under these circumstances, but the Russian will be hoping for more than this.
Saving Strength for a Potential Final
Rafael Nadal is in great form, but his back problems are still there, waiting for an opportunity to pop up. That’s why it is important for the Roland Garros champion not to put too much pressure on his back and win matches quickly. Bookmakers are expecting him to wrap up this game pretty easily, but he will be given a run for his money by Khachanov.
As far as punters are concerned, the best bet for this match is definitely on Karen Khachanov to win at least one set. Such an outcome will result in odds of 11/10 at bet365 sports, which greatly exceed the risks, therefore worth taking at medium/high odds.