There is a thrilling semi-final in prospect at the Australian Open, as Karen Khachanov and Stefanos Tsitsipas collide for a place in the Grand Slam final. Tsitsipas has been excellent Down Under since 2019, with this being his fourth appearance in the semi-finals.
However, he will be looking to reach the Australian Open final for the first time, and in the process, compete in a Grand Slam final for the second occasion.
Meanwhile, this has already equaled Khachanov’s best showing at a Grand Slam, as he also reached the final four at the U.S. Open late last year. You can find the latest Australian Open odds and Karen Khachanov vs Stefanos Tsitsipas prediction right here.
Last Game Records
This will be the sixth tennis matchups meetings between Khachanov and Tsitsipas. All five previous meetings have been won by the Greek player. The latest of those victories came on the outdoor clay surface at an ATP Masters 1000 Rome event last year.
Meanwhile, this will be the fourth meeting between the young stars on an outdoor hard surface. All three previous meetings have been won by Tsitsipas, with the Greek yet to drop a set. His latest win over Khachanov on this surface was a straight-sets victory at ATP Masters 1000 Canada in 2021.
Karen Khachanov vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas Information
Karen Khachanov vs Stefanos Tsitsipas
Date: Thursday, January 26. 9:30 PM CT.
Location of the game: Rod Laver Arena. Melbourne, Australia.
How To Watch: ESPN+
Karen Khachanov vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas Betting Analysis
Tsitsipas Bidding To Reach Second Grand Slam Final
There has been little doubt throughout Tsitsipas’s career that he has been one of the finest young stars on the ATP Tour. Furthermore, there has always been an expectancy that if he is to end his wait for a Grand Slam success, then it is likely to come at the Australian Open. The Greek has reached the final four Down Under in three of the previous four seasons and boasts an incredible 75% win rate.
Tsitsipas has boasted strong tennis stats throughout the event this year, as he has dropped just two sets in the previous five rounds. Both sets were dropped in a thrilling four-round showdown against Jannik Sinner, as the Italian battled back from two sets down to tie the contest. However, the Greek showed his excellent mental ability to win the decisive set 6-3.
Tsitsipas was at his storming best in the quarterfinals of the tennis schedule, as he dominated the impressive Jiri Lehecka to win 3-0 in sets. The 24-year-old smashed nine aces in that dominant showing and converted on two from six break-point opportunities.
In total, he won 108 points, compared to the 89 managed by Lehecka. It’s likely that he will be favored in the odds for the Karen Khachanov vs Stefanos Tsitsipas prediction.
Khachanov Shows Grand Slam Ability
Khachanov is a player that has gone under the radar for a long time, but he is beginning to piece together form at the right stage of events. Before the start of 2022, he had reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam on just two occasions from eleven attempts.
However, he already looks set to improve on that showing after backing up his semi-final appearance at the U.S. Open last year by reaching the same stage on his first showing in a Slam this term.
In truth, Russian wasn’t among the popular Australian Open picks for the event this year, but his game has looked perfect for the courts Down Under. The 26-year-old has played seeded opponents in each of the previous three rounds, which included a standout 3-1 win over talented American Frances Tiafoe.
Khachanov has stepped up his performance level in each of the previous two rounds, winning in straight sets against Yoshihito Nishioka and Sebastian Korda. However, the latter finished early after Korda was forced to withdraw due to injury. But, by the time the contest ended, the tall Russian has already recorded 12 aces.
Karen Khachanov vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas Betting Preview
- Karen Khachanov (+162)
- Stefanos Tsitsipas (-200)
Karen Khachanov vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas Betting Prediction
The Tsitsipas dominance in the head-to-head meetings is extremely difficult to overlook when making tennis picks for this semi-final. However, his mentality block does appear to be there when it comes to securing a spot in the final of the Australian Open.
Therefore, a chance will be taken on the Russian in our Karen Khachanov vs Stefanos Tsitsipas prediction. The 26-year-old has been excellent at recent Grand Slams, and we could see him reaching a first-ever final. Furthermore, we could see this being a marathon match, with all five sets being required.
Pick: Karen Khachanov (+162)