Karen Khachanov vs Rafael Nadal Predictions, Tips & Preview

Australian Open Mens 2022

Karen Khachanov vs Rafael Nadal 
Third Round – Australian Open 
Date: Friday, 21 January 2022 
Venue: Melbourne. 

Nadal has kept his 2022 streak alive with spectacular performances one after the other. Not only has he won every single game this year, but the Spaniard is also yet to drop a single set till now. 

He made short work of Yannick Hanfmann in the Second Round, dropping just nine games through the fixture. And Rafa will surely be eager to continue his run in the Third Round as well. 

He is pitted against Karen Khachanov from Russia, who has an absolutely poor h2h record against Nadal. Moreover, the Russian also has fared poorly in Grand Slams over the years.  

As things stand, count on Rafa to secure another win this Friday in Melbourne with considerable ease. 

Karen Khachanov vs Rafael Nadal Head-to-head (h2h) 

  • These two have locked horns eight times, and each single time Nadal had managed to win. 
  • In fact, through these eight meetings, he has dropped a total of just one set. 
  • The latest encounter between the two saw Khachanov taking just four games. The final scoreline was 6-1, 6-3 in favor of Rafael. 
  • Earlier these two had clashed in Grand Slams twice. Once in the Third Round of 2018 US Open, and once in the Third Round of 2017 Wimbledon. On both occasions, Nadal secured victory. 

Karen Khachanov vs Rafael Nadal Prediction & Analysis 

Khachanov had lost two of his past five matches, and of the three wins that had come during this stretch, his highest-ranked opponent was Benjamin Bonzi – who’s placed 63rd in the ATP list. 

On the other hand, Nadal is on a five-fixture winning streak, and not once did he drop a set through this run. He’s also primed to go after the Australian Open title, and has the experience of making it to the Final five different times. 

On top of that, he also has a perfect winning record against this rival over the years. Surely expect the Spaniard to continue this domination this weekend as well. 

Key Stats for Betting 

  • The Russian’s best outing at a Grand Slam Tournament has been Quarter Final appearances in the French Open and Wimbledon. He has never made it past the Third Round in Melbourne. 
  • He is ranked 30th in the world, as opposed to his challenger being placed 5th by ATP. 
  • In his latest Grand Slam outing (2021 US Open), the Russian was eliminated in the First Round itself. 
  • Rafa has a 91% winning record in Third Rounds in tournaments. He also has an 87% winning record against opponents with lower ranks than him. 

Tips for Karen Khachanov vs Rafael Nadal 

  • Rafael Nadal -4.5 Games Asian Handicap @ 1.60 (3/5) 
  • Under 37.5 Games @ 1.83 (5/6). 
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