Novak Djokovic vs. Henri Laaksonen
|Date & Time||Thursday May 30, 2019, 6:30 AM (EDT)|
Roland Garros Stadium
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Novak Djokovic and Henri Laaksonen meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis French Open.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Hubert Hurkacz that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 82 percent of his first serve points and 74 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic won 79 percent of his total service points and converted on six of his nine break points. Djokovic got 70 percent of his first serves in play and had just 14 unforced errors, winning the match in a little over an hour and a half. Djokovic has now won 20 of his last 24 sets and seems to be getting strong and stronger with his service game, which is scary for the rest of the field. Djokovic has been bounced before the third round of a grand slam just once since 2009. Djokovic has won 10 of his last 11 matches on clay court.
Henri Laaksonen is coming off a straight sets win over Pedro Martinez that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Laaksonen won 68 percent of his first serve points and 63 percent of his second serve points. Laaksonen won 66 percent of his total service points and converted on six of his 11 break points. Laaksonen got 67 percent of his first serves in play and saved nine of his 11 break points. It was the first career grand slam victory for Laaksonen at 27 years old, and he now looks for his first ever win over a top-10 player. Regardless of what happens next, this was a successful tournament for Swiss. Laaksonen hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the first time in his career. Laaksonen has won eight of his last nine matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Laaksonen has had a lot of success on clay leading up to this tournament in smaller events, but his lack of main tour experience and success on the big stage gives him zero chance in this contest. You need to be battle tested to beat Djokovic in a grand slam, as the guy doesn’t lose early in these tournaments and is currently playing his best tennis of the year right now. Players with no experience or track record of success on the big stage simply get swallowed up by Djokovic in these sort of spots.
I’ll once again side with Djokovic in straight sets.