Ward vs. Djokovic
|Date & Time||Monday June 27, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Novak Djokovic and James Ward square off early in the first round of the 2016 Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic has had plenty of time off to prepare for this tournament, as he hasn’t played a match since winning the French Open. Djokovic has now won 16 of his last 17 matches and doesn’t look like he’s letting go of the No. 1 spot anytime soon. Djokovic is hitting the ball well and continues to make his opponent work hard for every single point. Djokovic is the favorite to win this tournament and if he does, it would be his fifth straight grand slam title. Djokovic has not lost in the first round of a grand slam since the 2006 Australian Open. Djokovic has won 14 straight matches on grass.
James Ward enters this tournament on a three-match losing streak and looks to pull off the win of his life. The 29-year-old Ward hasn’t had much recent success, as he’s been most effective in challenger play and is most known for winning the 2015 Davis Cup. As for singles play in ATP, Ward doesn’t have a large resume and can’t be too confident entering this tournament against the best player in the world. In order to have any shot of pulling off the monster upset, Ward has to get off to a fast start and go for his shots whenever he can. Ward has made it out of a grand slam first round twice, both coming at the Wimbledon. Ward has lost four of his last five matches on grass.
This will be the first time these two ever meet on the tennis court.
Djokovic isn’t losing this match and it’s just that simple. The only question is if Ward can win more than six games. I say Djokovic dominates from start to finish and wins in a quick straight sets victory.