Khachanov vs Djokovic / ATP Paris – It become norm in last couple of season to see in the final of the Paris Masters players who weren’t expected to reach that far at the beginning of tournament. Young Russian player K. Khachanov continues the tradition this season, who eliminated D. Thiem in the semi-finals. His opponent is World’s no. 1 N. Djokovic, who defeated R. Federer in his semi-final match.
Khachanov vs Djokovic begins 04.11.2018 at 15:00 CET
Khachanov has reached his first ever Masters final. He did so after defeated D. Thiem in the semi-finals of the tournament in Paris. The semi-final match lasted only 72 minute and the result read at the end 6-4, 6-1. We had expected more from the amtch given that both players were in good shape and had fairly successful season. Still, Thiem totally underperformed and that is especially true for the second set.
The match started in expected manner as both players had full control over their service games all the way till the 9th game when Thiem fails to stop Khachanov to materialise one of three consecutive break points. In that moment the Russian had advantage of one break and service game. Although he did all he could to nullify lost game Thiem failed and the young Russian wins the first set. The development totally had demoralised the Austrian who won just one game in the second set, which is why Khachanov reached the final much easier than he expected.
Federer will have to wait for his 100th ATP titles for some time given that he lost the semi-final match in Paris to N. Djokovic. That was totally uncertain duel between two equal opponents who are also excellent tennis players and audience in Paris enjoy in rarely seen good match, that unlike the second semi-finals has fully justified expectations. Djokovic showed his character and great mental strength once again that allowed him to win key points in the match.
Although the result was close we can say that Djokovic was more aggressive throughout the whole match and posed a bigger danger for Federer when he was serving. This is best seen through break points that Nole had even 12 while Federer had chance to make break only two times. How much the players were equal can be seen through statistic data for the first serve where the two players had identical results for first service and 1st service points won.
Khachanov vs Djokovic PICK
The final of the Paris Masters will be the second ATP match between Djokovic and Khachanov. The two of them met the first time at Wimbledon this season and Djokovic won by sound 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.We could say that Khachanov gained a lot of experience since then and he definitely made progress and Nole will have far more difficult task in this match than he had in Wimbledon.
Pick: Kachanov +5 games
Odds: 1.53 at pinnacle (down to 1.49 can be played)
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