Miami Open 2016: Novak Djokovic vs. David Goffin Prediction

We are in for a treat

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. [15] David Goffin (BEL)  H2H

Novak Djokovic has dominated tennis since January 1, 2015.  David Goffin has made impressive strides on tour over the past 52 weeks.  This sets the stage for a giant of the game versus and emerging giant killer.  I expect Novak to win, but I also think Goffin can bother Novak and perhaps push him hard in this match.  Goffin’s ability to take the ball early as well as his scrambling when put on the defensive can drive an opponent to errors and frustration.  At Cincinnati last year, Goffin pushed Novak to 3 tight sets.  The problem for Goffin is the courts in Cincinnati play faster making it easier for him to hold serve. Miami’s slow court plus Novak’s all-time greatest return of serve add up to problems for the 15th seed.

My Prediction: An entertaining match that Novak Djokovic wins 7-5, 6-2

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