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Novak Djokovic vs. Diego Schwartzman 2017 French Open Pick, Odds, Prediction

Game
Schwartzman vs. Djokovic
Date & Time Friday June 2, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Schwartzman +800 / Djokovic -1400 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
Tennis, NBC
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Novak Djokovic and Diego Schwartzman meet in the third round of the 2017 French Open.

Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Joao Sousa that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 80 percent of his first serve points and 49 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic has won his first two matches in effortless fashion and has won at least 48 percent of his return points. Djokovic continues to eat second serves for breakfast and that's a positive sign for him moving deeper into this tournament. Djokovic has been bounced before the third round of a grand slam just twice since 2010. Djokovic hopes to make the fourth round of the French Open for an eighth straight try. Djokovic has won 10 of his last 13 matches on clay court.

Diego Schwartzman is coming off a straight sets win over Stefano Napolitano that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Schwartzman won 74 percent of his first serve points and 45 percent of his second serve points. Schwartzman has produced 90 winners in his first two matches and has to feel good after a quick setter after a marathon first round. Schwartzman will have to continue looking for his shots to have a chance here. This will be the first time Schwartzman has played in the third round of a grand slam. Schwartzman has won five of his last eight matches on clay court.

These two have played once in the past, which was in the 2014 US Open, a match Djokovic won in straight sets. The match took 25 games to decide. This will obviously be their first meeting on clay.

Schwartzman has won less than 50 percent of his second serve points in both of his matches, and that's bad news against somebody like Djokovic who is dominating return pints. With the way Djokovic is playing, it's tough seeing this match going more than three sets. Schwartzman has struggled around this time in just about every tournament he's played this season, and that shouldn't change against one of the best players in the world who is in good form.

Give me Djokovic in straight sets.

Pick:
Novak Djokovic

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