Lucas Pouille vs. Novak Djokovic
|Date & Time||Friday August 16, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
Lindner Family Tennis Center
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Lucas Pouille and Novak Djokovic meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Cincinnati Open.
Lucas Pouille is coming off a three sets win over Karen Khachanov that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Pouille won 75 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points. Pouille won 69 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his 10 break points. Pouille got 60 percent of his first serves in play, saved both of his break points and hit nine aces. Pouille now has four career wins over top-10 players and has won three straight matches on the main tour for the first time since making the semifinal of the Australian Open. Pouille looks to make his third career Masters 1000 semifinal and the first since 2017 Monte Carlo. Pouille has split his last six matches on hard court.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Pablo Carreno-Busta that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 80 percent of his first serve points and 53 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic won 73 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his six break points. Djokovic got 73 percent of his first serves in play, saved all four of his break points and hit eight aces. Djokovic has been broken just once in his first four sets and has won 80-plus percent of his first serves in both matches. Twelve of Djokovic’s last 15 victories have been decided in straight sets. Djokovic hopes to make the semifinals of Cincinnati for the seventh time in his last 10 appearances. Djokovic is 30-3 in his last 33 quarterfinal matches in a Masters 1000 tournament. Djokovic has won five of his last seven matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was in this years Australian Open, a match Djokovic won in straight sets and 22 games.
Pouille is a shotmaker on hard court and he just beat a very good opponent for his fourth career win over a top-10 player. The problem is Djokovic is serving at an elite level right now, and he mopped the floor with the Frenchman when they met earlier this year. When Djokovic is serving as well as he is, he has to be the favorite to win every match. Not to mention Djokovic doesn’t lose quarterfinal matches of big tournaments.
Once again, give me Djokovic in straight sets.