Kyle Edmund vs. Novak Djokovic
|Date & Time||Saturday July 7, 2018, 8:00 AM (EDT)|
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Novak Djokovic and Kyle Edmund meet in the third round of the 2018 tennis Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Horacio Zeballos that took 24 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 89 percent of his first serve points and 53 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic won 80 percent of his total service points and had 31 winners to four unforced errors. While the competition wasn’t the best, it’s fair to say that Djokovic looked awful a lot like Djokovic in his most recent performance. Djokovic is quickly getting his confidence back and looking like the player who won five grand slams from 2015-15. The rest of the field should be afraid, very afraid. Djokovic hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the fifth straight appearance. Djokovic has lost before the fourth round of the Wimbledon three times in his career. Djokovic has won six of his last seven matches on grass court.
Kyle Edmund is coming off a straight sets win over Bradley Klahn that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Edmund won 87 percent of his first serve points and 84 percent of his second serve points. Edmund won 86 percent of his total service points and had just 13 unforced errors. Edmund has now dropped just 14 first serve points in his last two matches and has won nine of his last 11 sets played. Edmund has always been a player on the rise to watch, but at 23 years old, he’s really come into his own and is emerging as somebody who can compete o the big stage right now. If he continues to serve at this level, Edmund is going to be a tough out regardless of opponent. Edmund hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the third time in his career. Edmund has never made the fourth round of the Wimbledon. Edmund has won four of his last six matches on grass court.
These two have played four times and Djokovic has won three of those matches. The most recent match was in this years Madrid Masters, a match Edmund won in three sets. The other three matches were on hard court and Djokovic won all three in straight sets.
Edmund is worth a look as an underdog in this spot, as the kid is really coming into his own and showing just how talented he is. But in terms of who I’m picking to win, I’m not betting against Djokovic, especially with how he looked in his last match. Djokovic is getting more comfortable by the set and just won 80 percent of his service points. The silly mistakes have stopped and the conditioning has improved. Djokovic is close to being the player he was before the injuries and very few players can compete with that.
This match could go four sets and will be highly competitive, but Djokovic makes it out the winner.