Pospisil vs. Djokovic
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 27, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil meet in the round of 16 in the 2017 Eastbourne International.
Novak Djokovic will play his first match on grass court this season after not playing since the quarterfinals of the French Open. Djokovic has shown signs of getting his form back, but then he sprinkles in those performances where he struggles with his serve and looks like a shell of himself. Djokovic is still 22-7 this year in the main draw, which isn't too shabby for most players, but you get the feeling his opponents no longer fear him on the tennis court and think they can beat him, which wasn't the case a year ago. Djokovic has to get the ball rolling here in order to build some momentum heading into the Wimbledon next week. Djokovic has won 15 of his last 16 matches on grass court.
Vasek Pospisil is coming off a straight sets win over Jiri Vesely that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Pospisil won 85 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Pospisil has yet to lose a set this tournament and is coming off a match in which he won 72 percent of his return points. If Pospisil continues to see the serve well and is keeping the ball in play, he gives himself a chance to make an even deeper tournament run. Pospisil is now 9-2 in grass court matches this season and has to be confident heading into this match despite just four career wins over top-10 players. Pospisil has won eight of his last 10 matches on grass court.
These two have played four times and Djokovic has won all four meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 Shanghai Masters, a match Djokovic won in straight sets. Pospisil has never won a set against Djokovic.
Pospisil is playing well and has a chance to win this match with help from a subpar Djokovic. However, there's zero success for Pospisil in past meetings against Djokovic, and you know Djokovic wants to win this match considering he needs some matches on grass before the Wimbledon.
I like Djokovic to win this match in straight sets.