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Albert Ramos-Vinolas vs. Novak Djokovic 2018 Rome Masters Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction

Djokovic vs. Ramos-Vinolas
Date & Time Thursday May 17, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)
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Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Novak Djokovic meet in the third round of the 2018 tennis Rome Masters.

Albert Ramos-Vinolas is coming off a three sets win over John Isner that took 39 games to decide. In the victory, Ramos-Vinolas won 75 percent of his first serve points and 68 percent of his second serve points. Ramos-Vinolas managed to survive three tiebreaks with arguably the best server in the world and didn’t get discouraged when he watched him hit 30 aces. Ramos-Vinolas took care of his serve and won all the big points when it mattered. The only question now for the 30-year-old Spaniard is how much he has left in the tank, as it’s not easy to rebound from three sets that went the distance. Ramos-Vinolas hopes to make the quarterfinals of a Masters Series tournament for the third time in his career. Ramos-Vinolas has split his last six matches on clay court.

Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Nikoloz Basilashvili that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 81 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic managed to win 71 percent of his total service points and 43 percent of his return points. It was another performance in which Djokovic showed he ma not be far off in terms of returning to the Djokovic we’ve known all these years. It’s just now about consistency with the former No. 1 player in the world. Djokovic has a chance to win three matches in a single tournament for the first time since the Australian Open. Djokovic hopes to make the quarterfinals of a Masters 1000 for the first time since last years Italian Open. Djokovic has split his last six matches on clay court.

These two have played four times and Djokovic has won all four meetings. The most recent match was in the 2017 French Open, a match Djokovic won in straight sets. Djokovic is 2-0 against Ramos-Vinolas on clay and has never even lost a set to him.

Ramos-Vinolas is sure to have tired legs after a three set match that included 39 games and three tiebreaks. Djokovic had a routine match and seems to be slowly getting his swagger and confidence back. Not to mention Djokovic hasn’t lost a set against Ramos-Vinolas in four matches played.

Djokovic rolls to the quarters.

Novak Djokovic

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