Novak Djokovic vs. Jiri Vesely 2016 US Open Pick, Odds, Prediction
Vesely vs. Djokovic
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Novak Djokovic and Jiri Vesely meet in the second round of the 2016 US Open.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a four set win over Jerzy Janowicz that took 36 games to decide. Djokovic controlled much of that match and looked dominant in the three sets he won. Djokovic only had trouble in the second set but quickly regained focus and lost just three games in the rest of the match. As long as Djokovic’s previous wrist injury holds up, he should once again make a deep run in this tournament and defend his title. Djokovic hasn’t been bounced in the second round of a grand slam since the 2008 Wimbledon. Djokovic has won 20 of his last 21 matches on hard court.
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Jiri Vesely is coming off a five set win over Saketh Myneni that included a first set tiebreak. Vesely needed to win the final two sets to get the job done and payed a fifth set that took 12 games to decide. Possible fatigue may be an issue for the 23-year-old Vesely, but then again, he’s playing Djokovic who played late Monday night and ended his match past 11 at night. Vesely has made the third round of a grand slam three times in his career. Vesely has also beaten two top-10 players in his career, both coming this season. Vesely has won five of his last seven matches on hard court.
These two have met once in the past, which was this year's Monte Carlo Masters, a match Vesely won in three sets. Of course, this will be the first time they meet on hard court.
A rested and motivated Djokovic isn’t going to lose to Vesely. Also, hard court favors Novak’s game a lot more on clay where he can sometimes struggle to play the defense he plays on hard court.
Djokovic gets revenge and moves to the third round.