Novak Djokovic vs. Juan Londero
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 6:00 PM (USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
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Novak Djokovic and Juan Londero meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis US Open.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Roberto Carballes Baena that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 84 percent of his first serve points and 66 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic won 77 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his 11 break points. Djokovic got 60 percent of his first serves in play, didn’t face a single break point and hit four aces. It was a routine match for Djokovic that was decided in under two hours, but he’s capable of playing at another level, which makes him so scary at this point. Djokovic has lost once before the third round of a grand slam since 2009, which came in the 2017 Australian Open. Djokovic has won four of his last five matches on hard court.
Juan Londero is coming off a four sets win over Sam Querrey that took 41 games to decide. In the victory, Londero won 83 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Londero won 77 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his seven break points. Londero got 58 percent of his first serves in play, saved two of his five break points and hit 10 aces. It was a solid win for Londero, beating a quality American on US soil, and he’s now won four of his five career grand slam matches. Londero looks for his first career win over a top-10 player and to make the third round of a grand slam for the second time. Londero has won three of his last five matches on hard court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Londero has really flexed his muscle this season and has shown early that he’s capable of playing on the big stage while giving quality players a run for their money. However, Djokovic is a completely different ballgame and you can expect an even cleaner effort after some shaky play here and there in his first three sets.
Londero should be down force a competitive match, but I still side with Djokovic in straights.