Bernard Tomic vs. Novak Djokovic
|Date & Time||Friday March 22, 2019, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
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Bernard Tomic and Novak Djokovic meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Miami Open.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a bizarre early exit in Indian Wells, a match in which he was broken three times and won just 42 percent of his second serve points. While some would use that as evidence to say that Djokovic is beatable, it’s also motivation for him to come back strong and make a statement in Miami. A rested and motivated Djokovic usually dominates, and he’s won this event six times in his career, including three of his last four appearances. Djokovic also hasn’t lost back-to-back matches since Monte Carlo and Barcelona, back in April of last year. Djokovic has won 10 of his last 12 matches on outdoor hard court.
Bernard Tomic is coming off a straight sets win over Thiago Monteiro that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Tomic won 84 percent of his first serve points and 42 percent of his second serve points. Tomic won 65 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his five break points. Tomic has to improve his second serve if he’s going to give himself a chance in this match, but his first serve was on point and he even blasted nine aces. Tomic has a chance to win back to back matches on the main tour for the first time since winning the Chengdu Open back in September. Tomic has eight career wins over top-10 players, but non of those wins have come since 2016. Tomic has split his last eight matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have played seven times and Djokovic has won five of those matches, including the most recent match in Shanghai of 2015. Tomic hasn’t beaten Djokovic since the 2013 Hopman Cup. Each of the last five matches have been decided in straight sets.
Tomic is a respectable player capable of making this match competitive if Djokovic carries over the struggles from Cali. But other than that, this is a straight sets win for Djokovic. Tomic hasn’t come close to beating a top-10 player in quite some time and doesn’t have a ton of success on the big stage. Djokovic has dominated Miami over the years and should have that itch again.
Djokovic rolls in straight sets.