Novak Djokovic vs. Sam Querrey
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 1:30 PM (Lindner Family Tennis Center)
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Novak Djokovic and Sam Querrey meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Cincinnati Open.
Novak Djokovic will play his first match since winning the Wimbledon, so it’s going to be interesting to see how he looks with a month of rest. Djokovic played some of his best tennis of the year in the UK and ended with a final performance where he won 74 percent of his first serve points and hit 54 winners. Djokovic now enters Cincinnati where he’s made the final in six of his last nine appearances, so he’s easily one of the favorites to win yet another title. Djokovic hasn’t lost an opening match since Barcelona last year. Djokovic has won six of his last eight matches on hard court.
Sam Querrey is coming off a straight sets win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Querrey won 90 percent of his first serve points and 42 percent of his second serve points. Querrey won 68 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his five break points. Querrey got 53 percent of his first serves in play, saved three of his five break points and hit 18 aces. Querrey looks to win at least two matches for the fourth straight tournament. Querrey has 21 career wins over top-10 players, with one of those wins coming this year. Querrey has split his last six matches on hard court.
These two have played 10 times and Djokovic has won eight of those meetings. However, Querrey won the most recent match in 2016 Wimbledon. Six of the 10 matches were decided in straight sets.
Querrey has a chance to push Djokovic and even steal this match if he’s going to repeat his sieving effort and get so many free points. The problem is Djokovic is almost unbeatable when he gets into these grooves where he’s got everything working and the wins come way too easy. Rust also shouldn’t be an issue after Djokovic got a doubles match out the way on Monday.
Give me Djokovic in straight sets.