Novak Djokovic vs. Taylor Fritz
Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 5:30 AM (Monte Carlo Country Club)
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Novak Djokovic and Taylor Fritz meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Monte Carlo.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a three sets win over Philipp Kohlschreiber that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 64 percent of his first serve points and 49 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic won 58 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his 10 break points. Djokovic was still shaky with his second serve and had eight double faults, but a win is a win at this point and anything beats the last performance he gave in Miami. Still, Djokovic has some wrinkles he needs to iron out in his game as players start gearing up for the French Open. Djokovic hopes to make the quarterfinal of Monte Carlo for the ninth time in his last 11 appearances. Djokovic hopes to make the quarterfinals of a Masters 1000 for the fifth time in his last eight tries overall. Djokovic has won 10 of his last 13 matches on clay court.
Taylor Fritz is coming off a straight sets win over Diego Sebastian Schwartzman that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Fritz won 64 percent of his first serve points and 44 percent of his second serve points. Fritz won 54 percent of his total service points and converted on six of his 17 break points. Fritz entered this tournament on a five-match losing streak and has now beaten two respectable players, which includes a win over a top-25 player. While talented, Fritz struggles to sustain success, so these two wins have kind of come out of left field, especially with this being his first appearance at Monte Carlo. Fritz has a chance to make the quarterfinals of a Masters 1000 for the first time in his career. Fritz has two career wins over top-10 players, which includes a win this year over John Isner. Fritz has won two of his last three matches on clay court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Fritz hasn’t exactly proven he’s capable of these type of wins on this stage, and he hasn’t won three straight matches on the main tour since Chengdu back in September. Djokovic has been shaky over the last month or so, but he rarely loses to lesser, inexperienced players. He also has a rest advantage and has a long history of deep runs in this tournament.
There will be a point when Fritz starts putting a scare into these top tier players, it’s just not now. Djokovic makes another quarterfinal.