Novak Djokovic vs. Salvatore Caruso
|Date & Time||Saturday June 1, 2019, 6:30 AM (EDT)|
Roland Garros Stadium
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Novak Djokovic and Salvatore Caruso meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis French Open.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Henri Laaksonen that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 82 percent of his first serve points and 55 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic won 73 percent of his total service points and converted on six of his 10 break points. Djokovic got 67 percent of his first serves in play and was broken just once. Djokovic has won all six sets this tournament and has played just over three hours total. The lack of stressful sets and not having to play more than he has to will continue to be key for Djokovic and his chances to win this title, so the first two matches couldn’t have gone any better. Djokovic has been bounced before the fourth round of a grand slam twice since 2010. Djokovic has won 11 of his last 12 matches on clay court.
Salvatore Caruso is coming off a straight sets win over Gilles Simon that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Caruso won 67 percent of his first serve points and 59 percent of his second serve points. Caruso won 65 percent of his total service points and converted on six of his 13 break points. Caruso got 78 percent of his first serves in play and saved eight of his nine break points. Caruso has won each of his last five sets and is enjoying easily his best success on the big stage. While a massive underdog here, Caruso gives himself a punchers chance if he continues to get his first serve in play at a healthy percentage. Caruso looks to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in his career. Caruso has won seven of his last eight matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Give Caruso credit for getting to this point, as he’s having a breakthrough moment in a grand slam and just dominated a top-40 player. The problem is Caruso now moves up several levels and plays somebody in Djokovic who usually mops the floor with inexperienced players. We’ve seen how this movie ends far too many times, and Djokovic is playing his best tennis of the year at the moment.
Djokovic in straight sets.