The French Clay is seeing some amazing performances and matches as the clay season is nearing its end. To add to the this entertaining tournament, next up we have Novak Djokovic taking on the Spaniard, Albert Ramos Vinolas for the 4th Round of the French Open 2017.
Djokovic is coming off with a five set win over Diego Schwartzman after putting up some unexpected perfomance against the Argentine. The Serb failed to pull off an easy win over Schwartzman as we saw a remarkable match between the two and a feeling of sorry for the hard-working though unlucky Argentine who was knocked out of the competition.
The Argentine managed to break the Serb 4 times in the tie and to add to the misery of the World No. 2 were the horrendous stats showing 55 unforced errors from the Serbian’s side, that can’t be neglected at all. Though despite the hardships, Djokovic never seemed to capitulate to his antagonist, finally finding himself gaining the momentum and muddled his way along the Argentine powerhouse in the last 2 sets, to which Schwartzman succumbed. Djokovic won the thrilling brawl 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 1-6 and proving the tag of “a hit or miss” player which he recently has been. This win marked the 7th win for the World NO.2 on clay in the last 8 matches.
Speaking of Albert Ramos Vinolas, he is coming off with a win over Lucas Pouille that took 44 games to decide. Lucas displayed some decent performance winning 63% of his first serve points. Feared of his crushing serves, Vinolas has survived 12 sets to get to this point. Djokovic is under a tonne of pressure considering the serving abilities of his opponent and some neat net play to accompany the good. Vinolas has not slided below the mark of 60% in winning his second serve points which is a rare thing to see in tennis. This does put the Spaniard in a place wherein he can be considered having a good shot at the win.
With this win, the Spaniard would surely be eyeing to make to his 2nd quarters in a Grand Slam and to spur his confidence are his 5 career wins over the top 10 players. His hold on the dirt is decent, with his previous 6 matches split equally. Though the Serb won’t be sitting back and watching his title slip of his hands as he would certainly be eyeing for his consective French Open quarters and a potential run for the title given his luck favors his performances.
The pair has previously met before thrice all summing up in a Djokovic win, with his last win coming in the Davis Cup. They have played each other twice on clay, with the Serb pulling of easy straight sets win.
Djokovic’s team up with Andre Agassi hasn’t had a good start with major ups and downs in Djokovic’s performances and making the possibility of a return far from reach at the moment. It would be an intriguing match with the rumours already surfacing about a potential early break-up in the Djoko-Agassi pair-up given he fails to end his exile from the title wins in Paris. Only time will tell what unfolds next as Novak calshes with Ramos Vinolas on Sunday.
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