Novak Djokovic vs. Federico Delbonis
|Date & Time||Sunday March 24, 2019, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
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Novak Djokovic and Federico Delbonis meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Miami Open.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Bernard Tomic that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 81 percent of her first serve points and 64 percent of her second serve points. Djokovic won 74 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his four break points. After an early exit in Indian Wells, Djokovic was back to being his normal self, spraying winners, returning well and even blasting 11 aces. Assuming that keeps up, Djokovic would have to be the favorite to win this tournament, which would be his seventh career title in Miami. Djokovic hopes to make the fourth round of the Miami Open for the seventh time in his last eight appearances. Djokovic has won 12 of his last 14 matches on outdoor hard court.
Federico Delbonis is coming off a three sets win over John Millman that took 34 games to decide. In the victory, Delbonis won 66 percent of her first serve points and 57 percent of her second serve points. Delbonis won 63 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his 10 break points. Delbonis entreated this tournament losing five of his last six matches, so the fact he’s strung together two wins, including one over a top-40 player has to be great for his confidence. Win or lose this match, this tournament has already been a success. Delbonis has a chance to make the fourth round of a Masters 1000 for the third time in his career. Delbonis has three career wins over top-10 players, but none of those wins have come since 2016. Delbonis has split his last six matches on outdoor hard court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Delbonis has little to no career success in big tournaments and he beats a top-10 player about once every two to three years. Some would say Delbonis is due then, but it won’t be here. Djokovic has a great track record in Miami and usually dominates lesser opponents in spots like this. Djokovic should also be quite motivated with the way Indian Wells ended, and he looked sharp in his opening match.
Djokovic in straight sets.