With the second Grand Slam of the season having an elecrifying headstart, it has already surprised us with some unexpected exits on day 1 after the WTA World No.1, Angelique Kerber headed towards an embarrasing exit. The day 2 has quite an intriguing list of matches to entertain us with one being in Novak Djokovic, starting his title defence by taking on the Spaniard, Marco Granollers on the Court Philippe Chatrier for the Round of 128 of French Open 2017.
Djokovic has so far struggled to find his form which makes him seem far from an elite player. His run of dismay started considerably after his dreadful defeat in Australia at the hands of Denis Istomin, which saw the Serb quit the title race quite early than expected. The World No.2 is entering the tie with zero clay titles to his name this season round and some poor show of performances to elevate the doubts casted on his title defence. Though, the Serb did display some positives after putting up an aggressive performance at Italy only to end as a runner-up.
Djokovic has so far averaged 8 wins out 11 games on clay this year, with 4 coming from the Italian Open itself. While he was outplayed by an exquisite performance by Rafael Nadal in Madrid, the other two losses came at the clay Masters events which seem to be a couple of nightmares for Djokovic. A three set loss to Goffin in Monte Carlo was the turning point for his dipping form followed by being outclassed in a Rome final loss to Alexander Zverev which only piled up the pressure on the Serb.
Though this French Open might have some positives in the bag for Serb considering his “Headline news pair-up” with the legendary Andre Agassi, announcing him as his new coach.
Talking about his antagonist for the match, Marcel Granollers doesn’t seem to have gotten any taste of success this year. He has a horrendous 1-5 stat to demotivate himself accompanied by the embarrassment of being dismantled by an ATP World No. 900, which is totally disgusting for a 76th ranked player.
Both the contraries have crossed swords thrice, all ending with an expected Djokovic win. They last played each othe at ATP 1000 Masters Shanghai, where the Serb thumped Granollers 6,2 6-0.
The match, despite of being one sided with Djokovic the favourite, it will still hold up to be an intriguing tie considering the form the Serb is entering with. The Spanaird is also akin to Djokovic in terms of form, even more worse. The World No.2 would surely be looking to at least compete for the title unlike giving in to the competition cheaply.
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