Novak Djokovic vs. Roberto Carballes Baena
Monday, August 26, 2019 at 12:30 PM (USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
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Novak Djokovic and Roberto Carballes Baena meet in the first round of the 2019 tennis US Open.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a semifinal loss in Cincinnati, but he’s won 10 of his last 11 matches overall. Djokovic struggled with his return in his last match and couldn’t find a rhythm, but maybe the rest will be a good thing for the top ranked player in the world. We see often in grand slam play where guys have a lot of matches under their belt entering the tournament and they get burned out. Djokovic will have over a week of rest in his favor and should be considered the favorite on the men’s side to win this years US Open. Djokovic has never lost in the first round of the US Open. Djokovic hasn’t lost in the first round of a grand slam since the 2006 Australian Open. Djokovic has won five of his last seven matches on hard court.
Roberto Carballes Baena is coming off a second round exit in Winston-Salem, and he’s split his last eight matches overall. Carballes Baena has actually enjoyed some decent success on the main tour recently, as he won a pair of matches in Gstaad and Bastad, so that should help in terms of confidence, even if the competition was nowhere near what he’s facing now. As long as Carballes Baena does a better job of getting his first serve in play and limits the double faults that hurt him in his last match, he’s got a chance to make this match a little more competitive than some believe. Carballes Baena has one career grand slam victory, which came in this years French Open. Carballes Baena has split his last six matches on hard court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
First round matches for Djokovic are usually very predictable, as he often gets players who lack main tour success and grand slam experience. While 26 years old, Carballes Baena falls into that boat, and he’s not very good on hard court overall. These are the type of opponents Djokovic usually rolls over in grand slam play, especially knowing he doesn’t want to play any unnecessary sets if he hopes to win the title.
Djokovic wins in three painless sets.