Philipp Kohlschreiber vs. Novak Djokovic
Monday, July 1, 2019 at 7:00 AM (All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club)
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Defending champion, Novak Djokovic will begin his 2019 Wimbledon campaign against Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany.
Novak Djokovic last played at the Boodles Tennis Challenge where he won 1 match and lost 1 match. Djokovic defeated Christian Garin but was defeated by Denis Shapovalov. Prior to that event, Djokovic played a full clay court season where he performed well. Djokovic won the Madrid Masters, finished second at the Italian Open and made the semifinals of the French Open. Djokovic has had a good 2019 season as he has already won 2 titles including the Australian Open.
Djokovic is an outstanding grass court player as he has won 5 grass court titles including Wimbledon titles. Djokovic was the easily the best player at Wimbledon in 2018 and he will be confident as he enters this tournament.
On the other side of the coin, Philipp Kohlschreiber has had a poor grass court season as he was eliminated in the opening round of both the Stuttgart Open and Halle Open. It has been a relatively poor 2019 season for Kohlschreiber as he has won only 53% of his matches this year.
Philipp Kohlschreiber made the 3rd round at Wimbledon last season. Philipp Kohlschreiber’s best performance at Wimbledon was in 2012 where he made the quarterfinals. This is an extremely tough opening round fixture for Philipp Kohlschreiber as he is playing against the top seed.
Philipp Kohlschreiber and Novak Djokovic have played each other 12 times in the past. Kohlschreiber has won on 2 occasions while Djokovic has won 10 times. The most recent match between these two players was earlier in the season at the Italian Open where Djokovic won in straight sets. Kohlschreiber and Djokovic have played each other 3 times in 2019 with Djokovic having a stronger record of 2-1. Djokovic has a 1-0 record against Philipp Kohlschreiber on grass.
Philipp Kohlschreiber is a very experienced player and he has beaten Djokovic in the past including a victory over the top seed in 2019. That being said, I see Novak Djokovic winning this match. Djokovic has been outstanding in 2019 and the Serbian superstar has always been incredible at Wimbledon. Novak Djokovic is the stronger player and I see him beating Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets.