Libema Open 2022: Karen Khachanov, Brandon Nakashima advance to round of 16

Khachanov has made it through to the round of 16 with his dominant victory over Tabilo by a score-line of 6-3, 6-3.

Karen Khachanov in a file photo. (Twitter: @Tokyo2020)

Fifth seed Karen Khachanov made short work of Chilean tennis player Alejandro Tabilo in the 2022 Libema Open on Tuesday. Khachanov has made it through to the round of 16 with his dominant victory over Tabilo by a score-line of 6-3, 6-3. Khachanov scored five aces in the match and committed three double faults. His opponent committed nine. The Russian recorded a whopping 94% win percentage on the first serve and 64% on the second. Tabilo could only manage 20% on the second serve. Khachanov also won four out of eight break points and eight service games in the match.

Van de Zandschulp loses to Ruusuvuori

Sixth seed Botic van de Zandschulp was dumped out of the tournament by Emil Ruusuvuori 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. It was a fine comeback win for the Finn who had suffered a disappointing clay season in 2022. The Dutchman did score more aces than Ruusuvuori but also committed more double faults. Van de Zandschulp’s win percentage on both first and second serves were less than his opponent as well. Ruusuvuori won five out of seven break points and eleven service games.

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Nakashima ousts Tommy Paul

Seventh seed Tommy Paul was also dumped out of the competition by compatriot Brandon Nakashima. It was a thrilling contest that ended with a score-line of 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2). Every single one of the sets went to a tie-break and by the end of it, it seemed like the seventh seed had run out of gas. Nakashima hit fewer aces than Paul on the day but he also committed fewer double faults. His win percentage on both serves, 80% and 58% respectively, were higher than that of Paul and he also won one break point and 17 service games, same as his opponent.

Brooksby advances

Eighth seed Jenson Brooksby had a better day in the office as he recorded a comfortable straight sets victory over Jesper De Jong. Although the first set did go to a tie-break, Brooksby was ever in control. The Dutchman hit five aces compared to Brooksby’s two but he committed a couple of double faults as well. The eighth seed had a win percentage of 75% and 67% on the first and second serve respectively. He also won two break points and 10 service games to seal the deal.

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