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ATP Doha 2024: Karen Khachanov vs Jakub Mensik; Preview, Head-to-Head, and Prediction

Published 02/23/2024, 11:49 PM EST

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The stage is set for an epic finale as two of the last men standing in Doha will be battling it out for ultimate supremacy. Karen Khachanov, who has been in red-hot form recently, will lock horns with 18-year-old rising star Jakub Mensik. Both of them have been playing exceptionally well, and the final is set to be a mouth-watering encounter. That said, only one among the two stars can take the top prize home. But who will it be? The experienced Khachanov, or will the young gun? Let’s find out!

Karen Khachanov vs Jakub Mensik: Preview

In a week filled with breakthroughs, 18-year-old Jakub Mensik has secured his Top 100 debut and reached the ATP Doha final, defeating notable players along the way. With two of his four wins going the distance, every match has been a hard-fought battle. His consistency, movement, mental resilience, and power have impressed everyone so far. With notable wins over players like Andy Murray, Gael Monfils, and the 5th-seeded Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, it seems like there’s no stopping him right now. But can his Russian opponent do it?

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Standing in Mensik’s way is the experienced Karen Khachanov, the No. 2 seed, who has maintained a 5-3 record in 2024. Interestingly, making his way into the finals, he has not lost a single set. Khachanov’s steady excellence and wealth of experience position him as a challenging opponent, suggesting that the final might test Mensik’s emerging talent against Khachanov’s seasoned prowess in a bid for the ATP Doha title. But who do the numbers favor?

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Khachanov vs Mensik: Head-to-head

When it comes to the head-to-head stats between the two players, this will be the first time they play against each other on the ATP Tour. With the stage set for an epic encounter, a win would not only give them a lead in the head-to-head statistics but also allow them to lay their hands on the title. That being said, who among the two players looks a more comfortable spot to land the win home?

Prediction: Karen Khachanov to take the win home in straight sets

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As things stand, both players have momentum on their side coming into the finals. While Mensik will be confident, having defeated some of the most well-known names in the circuit, Khachanov will be looking to bring his experience to the finals. And add another title to his resume. In a final that promises a mouth-watering contest, Karen Khachanov could take the win home in a close encounter.

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However, Jakub Mensik has been a dark horse this tournament, slowly making his mark on the tour. And there’s no doubt he will give his everything to make sure that he also stands a good chance to get the first title of his career. That being said, who do you think will win the Qatar Open? Let us know in the comments below!

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Akshat Gaur

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Akshat Gaur is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. His journey on our platform is a testament to his deep-rooted passion for the sport. With a commitment towards ethical journalism, Akshat demonstrates this aspect through his measured offerings.
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Ananya Giri