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Nadal vs Khachanov ATP Indian Wells QF predictions and betting tips

Leye Aduloju 15 Mar 2019
  • Rafael Nadal takes on Russia's Karen Khachanov in the quarter finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Friday
  • Nadal has won all five previous matches against Khachanov
  • Nadal vs Khachanov live stream available – watch and bet on Indian Wells Masters tennis at bet365 

Rafael Nadal has powered through the Indian Wells draw so far, but the great Spaniard faces his sternest test yet when he runs into the heavy-hitting Russian, Karen Khachanov on Friday. 

Nadal is yet to drop a set all tournament, and has lost just 13 games in crushing victories over Jared Donaldson, Diego Schwartzman and Filip Krajinovic. He did not face a single break point against Donaldson and Schwartzman, but he finally had some blemish on his serve against Krajinovic, who broke the Spaniard to briefly get back on serve early in their fourth-round meeting. That only proved to be a minor dent, as Nadal ultimately eased to victory to reach the Indian Wells quarter-finals for the first time in three years. The Spaniard has enjoyed some very good success at Indian Wells over the years, winning the title on three occasions and making nine previous semi-finals. He is seeking his first title of the season, after falling just short at the Australian Open, where he was taken apart by Novak Djokovic in the final, and losing to Nick Kyrgios in the second round in Acapulco in his only other tournament this season. Nadal has not won a title since he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Rogers Cup final last August. Is this the tournament where he ends his title drought? He faces a tough road from here, as he has got to get past Khachanov, and then potentially Roger Federer in the semi-finals. Nadal is at 4/19 @ Betfair to beat Khachanov, and fulfill his own side of the Federer-Nadal bargain.

Khachanov has finally joined the 2019 party after a very slow start to the season. The big-hitting Russian, who impressed last season by winning three titles, including an outstanding success at the Masters 1000 meet in Paris, and moving to the brink of the top-ten (he finished at No. 11) had been all over the place in the first two months of the year, failing to cross the opening rounds in four of his first five tournaments. However, he has come alive at Indian Wells, beating Feliciano Lopez, Andrey Rublev and John Isner to reach his first quarter final of the season. He is now on a nine-match winning streak at Masters 1000 tournaments, dating back to Paris, and if you think he can extend that run to 10 on Friday, back him at 4/1 @ bet365 to beat Nadal.

Nadal vs Khachanov Match Starts

  • Nadal has won all five previous matches against Khachanov, and has dropped only one set in those five matches
  • Nadal is attempting to reach the semi-finals at Indian Wells for the tenth time
  • Khachanov is on a nine-match winning streak at Masters 1000 tournaments

Nadal vs Khachanov Tips

Nadal is unbeaten in five matches against Khachanov, but he was run very close by the Russian in their most recent meeting at the US Open last season, which the Spaniard won 5-7 7-5 7-6 7-6 in one of the best matches of the year. Khachanov brings plenty of firepower to the table, and if he is confident and gets going, he is the kind of player that can unnerve Nadal with his relentless big hitting. However, it must also be said that Nadal is also playing well, and particularly serving well in this tournament, and these slow hard courts of Indian Wells do favour him. I think the Spaniard will come through this one, but he will encounter more resistance than he did in his previous three matches. 

Nadal vs Khachanov odds

Nadal to win -  4/19 @ Betfair
Khachanov to win -  4/1 @ bet365
Nadal to win in straight sets - 8/13 @ Betfair

Nadal vs Khachanov Recommended Bet

Nadal and Khachanov to play over 20.5 Games at 8/11 @ Ladbrokes

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