Novak Djokovic vs. Jeremy Chardy
|Date & Time||Thursday May 9, 2019, 8:00 AM (EDT)|
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Novak Djokovic and Jeremy Chardy meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Madrid Open.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Taylor Fritz that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 85 percent of his first serve points and 75 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic won 83 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his three break points. Djokovic was much more consistent with his serve than he’s been in previous matches, and he saved his only break point. While it takes more than one match to prove Djokovic is back to being his normal self, he’s going to be a serious problem for anybody if he’s going to be that dominant with his serve moving forward. Djokovic hopes to win at least two matches for the fifth time in his last six tournaments. Djokovic has won seven of his last nine matches on clay court.
Jeremy Chardy is coming off a straight sets win over Diego Schwartzman that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Chardy won 84 percent of his first serve points and 40 percent of his second serve points. Chardy won 71 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his seven break points. Chardy got 71 percent of his first serves in play and saved all three of his break points, things that will be key in this match as well. It was easily one of the better matches from Chardy recently, which may not be say much given his struggles this year. Chardy looks to win three straight matches for the first time since Brisbane. Chardy has 11 career wins over top-10 players, but none of those wins have come since Miami last year. Chardy has won three of his last four matches on clay court.
These two have played 12 times and Djokovic has won all 12 meetings, including the most recent match in 2018 Shanghai. In fact, each of the 12 matches were decided in straight sets. These two have played twice on clay.
Chardy is a more than respectable player when he’s on his game, but he hasn’t been playing well, and this history is about as lopsided as you can get. Chardy hasn’t even been able to take a set from Djokovic in 12 matches. When you see history like this, it usually stays the course. I’m not sure this match needs much breaking down.
Give me Djokovic in straight sets.