The French Open 2017 is turning out to be a pool of some ecstatic performances with the Day 3 ending on a high note with successful campaign advances from the notable names of the top 4. The day 4 sees, the defending champ Novak Djokovic, take on the World No. 45, Diego Schwartzman for the 3rd Round of French Open 2017.
Djokovic is gearing up for the clash with the confidence from his win over Marcel Granollers in the 2nd Round in France. The Serb pulled off an easy, though sweating straight set win over the Spanaird, beating him 6-1, 6-4, 6-3. Djokovic seemed a bit lack-lustred in the tie despite winning the game. The first set set seemed quite easy for the “struggling man” pouncing on his opponent’s errors in his old aggressive style.
But the start of 2nd set saw some up-downs for the Serb, with the serve allowing his contrary to break him in the very first game and take a swift 4-1 lead before eventually bouncing back in the game with favourite forehands placing the ball end-to-end on the court that saw the Spanaiard lose his nerve on the game. The defending champ, with some good display finally won the match with a 6-3 win in the last set, making his new coach probably proud of him.
The World No. 2 would undoubtedly be eyeing to make it to the title for a consecutive second time. The Serb is entering the match with some great stats to galvanize his confidence. He has a praisable winning form on the French Clay after winning 9 of his 11 matches with a first serve percent averaging a decent 66% on clay.
The World No.2 will now play the Argentine, Diego Schwartzman. After the win, Diego Schwartzman did stress upon the need to improve his play completely if he is to win against the Serb who is slowly but steadily returning to his old self.
Diego Schwartzman, hasn’t gained much of limelight this year averaging just 15-14 stat in his bag. Speaking of his performances on dirt, they haven’t been great either with 11 wins to 9 losses, which surely serves to be an advantage for the Serb. Istanbul, in 2016, would be the last place the Argentine would happily recall in lifting a title.
Both the contraries have clashed previously on the hard court of US in Round of 128, with Djokovic winning their only brawl till date in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
With all the odds in Djokovic’s favour, it should undoubtedly spur the Serb a step nearer to regaining the title. Despite of that, the World No.2 still has many hurdles to pass before clinching the title with one potentially being in the King of Clay and the hot favourite for this tournament, Rafael Nadal. It would be of utmost interest for the fans to watch how things unfold as we drift nearer to the end of the clay season.
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