We are at the business end of the Australian Open and there are a few surprise players who are one win away from a trip to the semifinals at the first Grand Slam of the 2023 season.
One of those surprise packages is the American Sebastian Korda. In terms of talent alone, it’s no surprise that Korda has come this far. But when you consider that he was drawn into the ‘Quarter of Death’ along with Rafa Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, Frances Tiafoe and Hubert Hurkacz, it’s quite an achievement for the young American.
Can Korda continue his ascent by securing a ticket to his first slam semi on Monday night? The game kicks off around 10pm ET and will air on ESPN.
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Australian Open Prediction: Korda against Khachanov (10 p.m. ET, ESPN)
As Korda hunts for his first trip to a grand slam semifinal, Karen Khachanov is looking for his second consecutive last four at a major. Khachanov came out of quarter to death at the 2022 US Open, upsetting Nick Kyrgios in the quarterfinals before falling to Casper Ruud in the semifinals.
And it seems the tennis world didn’t really learn much from Khachanov’s run in Flushing, as the Russian entered the Australian Open as an under-the-radar outsider and didn’t get much of a chance to run. in Melbourne.
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But what makes Khachanov such a great player, especially in these grueling best-of-5 matches, is that he’s just solid. He may not be spectacular in one part of the game, but the 26-year-old does almost everything right. He’s physically strong, he can run long distances in marathon races, and he doesn’t make many mistakes from behind the baseline.
The fact that Khachanov rarely loses the plot and beats himself makes him a dangerous underdog in a matchup with a player who may have a higher ceiling, but also a much lower floor.
While Korda’s form is undeniable at the moment – he lost to Novak Djokovic in three sets in the final in Adelaide 1 and has now beaten Daniil Medvedev and Hubert Hurkacz in this tournament – he has never been in this place before and also comes from a grueling five-set thriller against Hurkacz in the final round. Khachanov, meanwhile, made incredibly fast work of Yoshihito Nishioka in the Round of 16.
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Korda’s form – and the fact that he’s American – drives up the prize in a match that is essentially a coin flip. Take the plus money on the experienced, solid Khachanov to stop Korda’s throw in the quarter-finals.
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Karen Khachanov +115 (BetMGM)