Roland Garros: June 5th 2019 Match of the Day – Djokovic vs. Zverev

Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Sascha Zverev (5)

The world #1 has put the top ranking into a strangle hold.  He is the reigning  champion at Wimbledon, the US Open, the Australian Open, Cincinnati, and Madrid.  If one throws in runner-up finishes at the the 2018 World Tour Finals and 2019 Rome Masters, it is nearly impossible to see anyone catching Novak in the next few months.  Djokovic won Madrid and reached the Rome final round before his latest charge to a major quarterfinal.  His road through 4 rounds has been smooth.

Zverev’s 2019 has been up and down, but he did grab a much needed title in Geneva right before Roland Garros.  Zverev has survived some tough matches to reach this point.  Playing at least through is seeding should give Zverev more confidence as 2019 continues to unfold.  He is 2-2 vs. Djokovic and holds a win in their only clay court match.  Zverev beat Djokovic to take the 2018 World Tour Finals for the biggest trophy of his career.

Does Zverev have a chance?  Sure.  He is the 5th seed, has an excellent coach and team, has weapons, and has some momentum to go with a decent personal history vs. Djokovic.  Still, Novak should win so long as Zverev’s serve and big man tennis doesn’t overwhelm Novak’s overall stellar quality.  It could be a great match, but I think Djokovic has prepared marvelously for this challenge.  He is 9 sets away from a second Nole Slam.   I think he gets most if not all of those 9 sets.


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