Novak Djokovic vs. Bjorn Fratangelo
|Date & Time||Saturday March 9, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)|
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Indian Wells, California
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Novak Djokovic and Bjorn Fratangelo meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Indian Wells.
Novak Djokovic hasn’t played since winning the Austrian Open, a tournament in which he dropped just two sets in seven matches. It’s easy to run out of things to say about Djokovic, as he’s back to playing elite level tennis and should be considered the favorite to win just about every tournament in plays until further notice. If Djokovic can repeat the serving effort he had in Australia, he’s going to be nearly impossible to beat this tournament. Djokovic has won Indian Wells five times in his career, which includes three of the last five years. Djokovic won 10 of his last 11 matches on outdoor hard court.
Bjorn Fratangelo is coming off a three sets win over Elias Ymer that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Fratangelo won 68 percent of his first serve points and 73 percent of his second serve points. Fratangelo won 70 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his eight break points. Fratangelo was quite impressive in his victory, as he bounced back from losing the first set and went on to lose just four games in the final two sets. If Fratangelo can repeat his service permanence in this match, he gives himself a shot to at least be competitive. Of course, with little main tour experience, the experience alone for Fratangelo will be a victory. Fratangelo doesn’t have a career win over a top-10 player. Fratangelo has split his last six matches on outdoor hard court.
These two played once, which was in the 2016 Indian Wells, a match Djokovic won in three sets. The match took 23 games to be decided.
Fratangelo has the fact he took a set from Djokovic in the previous meeting and he has the home crowd behind him. Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot after that when making a case for an upset. Djokovic has been steamrolling his competition this year and now has rest on his side.
This should be a routine straight sets win for Novak.