Novak Djokovic vs. Denis Kudla
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 3, 2019, 11:30 AM (EDT)|
All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
London, United Kingdom
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Novak Djokovic and Denis Kudla meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Philipp Kohlschreiber that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 84 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic won 75 percent of his total service points and converted on six of his 14 break points. Djokovic looked sharp considering his only grass experience this season were two exhibition matches, one which he ended up losing. Djokovic was broken twice and had 19 unforced errors, so there are some minor things he can clean up moving forward. Djokovic hasn’t been bounced in the second round of a grand slam since the 2017 Australian Open. Djokovic has won two of his last three matches on grass court.
Denis Kudla is coming off a straight sets win over Malek Jaziri that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Kudla won 80 percent of his first serve points and 69 percent of his second serve points. Kudla won 76 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his 11 break points. Kudla got 59 percent of his first serves in play, hit nine aces and didn’t face a single break point. It was an impressive victory for the American and first time he’s won a Wimbledon match since 2015. However, Kudla has to be sharper with getting his first serve in play to have a chance here. Kudla hopes to make the second round of a grand slam for the ninth time in his career. Kudla has split his last eight matches on grass court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Kudla has a chance to make sets competitive if he’s going to play as clean as he did in his last match. However, Kudla hasn’t shown consistency over his career and doesn’t have much grass court success to suggest him pulling off the upset. Kudla also has zero chance if he can’t get his first serve in play at a much higher percentage.
I’ll once again back Djokovic in straight sets.