After seeing all the routine names advance easily to the 2nd Round of French Open 2017, the day 3 has some alluring matches to entertain us with one being in the World No.2, Novak Djokovic who takes on the Portugese, Joao Sousa in a bid to end his drought of clay titles.
Novak Djokovic is advancing to the match with an effortless straight sets win over Marcel Granollers taking almost 27 games to ensure his step forward. The victory saw the Serb win a remarkable 62 percent of his first serve points, with the number identical to his second serve points.With 30 winners in the match, the Serb seemed to be regaining his confidence ahead of the Grass season.
He has now won 14 of his last 18 sets all thanks to his powerful and precise serves making the opponent toil to get the racket to the ball. The World No.2 who isn’t accustomed to capitulate easily, is aiming for his 12th 3rd Round entry into the French Open, after winning 8 of his last 10 matches. Interestingly the Serb has throttle just once in his entire career before making it to the 3rd Round of any Grand Slam, and that too before 2010.
Speaking of his counter-part, Joao Sousa is advancing after a hard earned 4 set win against his first round opponent, Janko Tipsarevic, who made the Portugese sweat for 39 games to be overthrown. Sousa was impressive with his first serves winning 68% of the points but struggled with just 47% second serve points. Since playing Florian Mayer in Monte Carlo Masters, it was his first victory on clay. But the Portugese must gain the required momentum and play very cautiously in order to surge an upset over a player like Djokovic. He hit as many as 41 unforced errors which is a huge disadvantage for him considering the fact about the Serb being a powerhouse in himself.
Both the players have locked horns thrice with a non-shocking outcomes in all the matches all ending up in Djokovic’s favor. They last played at Miami Masters where the Portugese capitulated rather cheaply in just 17 games, 6-4, 6-1.
With this being said Djokovic has a complete advantage over the Portugese with confidence from his previous wins against the contrary with some horrendous stats of his counter-part on clay. Sousa has lost 5 of his last 6 matches he played on the dirt. This shouldn’t be a testing match for the Serb until and unless luck refrains to side the World No. 2.