Ramos-Vinolas vs. Djokovic
|Date & Time||Sunday June 4, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Novak Djokovic and Albert Ramos-Vinolas meet in the fourth round of the 2017 French Open.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a five set win over Diego Schwartzman that took 44 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 78 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic buckled down and lost just two games in the final two sets, but we can't ignore the fact he had 55 unforced errors and was broken four times. Maybe Djokovic was just caught on a bad day, or maybe it's just another sign of Djokovic being the hit or miss player he's been recently. Either way, the unnecessary extra sets can't be good if Djokovic is thinking of winning the French Open title. Djokovic hopes to make the quarterfinals of the French Open for an eighth straight year. Djokovic has won seven of his last eight matches on clay court.
Albert Ramos-Vinolas is coming off a five set win over Lucas Pouille that took 44 games to decide. In the victory, Ramos-Vinolas won 63 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points. Ramos-Vinolas has played 12 sets to get to this point and is putting a ton of pressure on his opponent with his serve. Ramos-Vinolas has won no less than 60 percent of his second serve points, which is something you don't see very often and gives him a shot in this match. Ramos-Vinolas hopes to make his second career grand slam quarterfinal and second straight French Open quarterfinal. Ramos-Vinolas has five career victories over top-10 players. Ramos-Vinolas has split his last six matches on clay court.
Djokovic has won all three meetings against Ramos-Vinolas with the most recent coming in this years Davis Cup. All three matches were decided in straight sets and this will be the second meeting on clay.
After a long match and a slight scare after being down 1-2, you kind of expect Djokovic to come out more focused and ready to put his opponent away early. Djokovic showed that second gear is still there after winning the final two sets without breaking a sweat. He’s had no problem doing that against Ramos-Vinolas in the past and there's really no reason to consider this one being any different.
I like Djokovic in three or four sets here.