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We are into the Fourth Round of the 2023 Australian Open and this will be a clash between two of the top 32 seeds. It’s 18th-seed Karen Khachanov who goes into the fixtures as the odds-on favourite against Yoshihito Nishioka. Will he power through? We look at the forthcoming clash in more detail.
Khachanov 3-1 set betting
Khachanov -2.5 Games Handicap
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Yoshihito Nishioka vs Karen Khachanov – Match Predictions
This is a fascinating clash in the Men’s Fourth Round draw at the Australian Open. Rafael Nadal was expected to occupy one of these slots. Here are our top tennis predictions for the Fourth Round match.
Karen Khachanov 3-1 Set Betting
This is uncharted territory for Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka who has made the most of Rafael Nadal’s early exit from this section of the AO draw. We have to roll with the experience and higher ranking of Karen Khachov in this fixture.
Even though the Russian is in the Fourth Round for the first time too, he is a Top 20 player. Khachanov has dropped sets in the tournament so far, so we are putting all that together for a 3-1 set victory for Khachanov.
Karen Khachanov -2.5 Handicap
This is easily the biggest test of the tournament for Yoshihito Nishioka. He has made it through without having faced a seeded player thus far. He did a good job against Rafa Nadal’s conqueror Michael McDonald in the last round. But now the level of competition goes up massively.
Khachanov in comparison, knocked over Frances Tiafoe in the last round, a player that was seeded above him in this draw. So that could be a good indicator of which way this Fourth Round match is going to play out. Khachanov can overcome a -2.5 handicap on the road to victory.
Yoshihito Nishioka vs Karen Khachanov Preview
With our Yoshihito Nishioka vs Karen Khachanov tennis tips done, for further insights into the match, we look at the current form and Australian Open history of the two players.
Yoshihito Nishioka is the 31st seed in the 2023 Australian Open draw. It’s his eighth appearance in the main draw having only been to the Third Round once in the previous seven. So the Japan player has broken new ground here and it is his first appearance in the Fourth Round of any Slam. He hasn’t dropped a set yet in this tournament but has yet to face a fellow-seeded player.
Despite the much higher standing of Karen Khachanov in the World Rankings, the Russian is in the Fourth Round for the first time. This is less of a surprise than his opponent’s appearance at this stage. Khachanov was a losing semi-finalist at last year’s US Open. He let a set slip in each of the last two rounds but responded well to roll past the seeded Frances Tiafoe in the last round 3-1.
Yoshihito Nishioka vs Karen Khachanov Head to Head
Karen Khachanov is 2-1 up in the head-to-head against Yoshihito Nishioka. However, the most recent clash was played in 2022, a match won by Yoshihito Nishioka in straight sets. Incidentally, their first clash was at the 2019 Australian Open which Khachanov easily won.
Yoshihito Nishioka vs Karen Khachanov Match Details
When will the match start? The match will start from 03:30 am GMT on Sunday, January 22nd.
On which court will the match be played? The match will be played on John Cain Arena in Melbourne.
Where to watch AO 2023 in UK? You can watch Australian Open on Eurosport broadcast and online, or stream it on Discovery +.