Roland Garros (2nd round) : Philipp Kohlschreiber – Aslan Karatsev

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These two players have already faced each other once. It was in Moscow (indoor) in 2015, and Philipp Kohlschreiber won in 3 sets (including a tie-break victory).

Tournament history

Philipp Kohlschreiber is playing in his 17th Roland Garros. This is the 10th time he has reached the 2nd round and he has already managed to pass this step 4 times. On the other hand, he was eliminated in the 1st round last year and his best performance is a 1/8 final in 2009 and 2013.

Aslan Karatsev is playing in the main draw of this Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career.

In this edition

In the first round, Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated another veteran, Fernando Verdasco. The German defeated the Spanish in 4 sets and almost 3 hours of play.

Aslan Karatsev won against Jenson Brooksby in three sets and two hours of play.

Analysis

As expected, the match between Philipp Kohlschreiber and Fernando Verdasco was quite disjointed with a total of 77 unforced errors. The German quickly realized that the Spanish player was getting out of control faster and was able to play him to amplify that.

I find it hard to imagine Aslan Karatsev losing this match, as he has a very direct tennis style that should succeed in stifling his opponent more than once. Philipp Kohlschreiber might regularly regret slowing down the game or playing too neutral balls.

Aslan Karatsev’s first match confirmed that he can feel good at Roland Garros. I can have a doubt about his ability to play with the same intensity in a match in 5 sets and 4 hours of play. Nevertheless, the logic would want that it is papy Philipp Kohlschreiber who cracks first.

Prediction: Aslan Karatsev

Low risk

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