Cecchinato vs Djokovic
Marco Cecchinato - Novak Djokovic
This is a rather surprising presence in the Roland Garros quarterfinals, having Marco Cecchinato here after never winning a match in a Grand Slam tournament before. The 26 years old Italian has overcome a 5 sets battle against Marius Copil in the 1st round, and from there his fairytale started. He took out the lucky loser Marco Trungelliti before surprisingly getting a 4 sets win over a Pablo Carreno-Busta in a poor tennis day.
What comes as a bigger surprise is the 4th round win in 4 sets over David Goffin, yet the surprise has an asterisc. A big one: the Belgian favourite was dealing with a shoulder issue that he got from the 3rd round marathon against Gael Monfils. Goffin was hiding it pretty well for the first two sets, yet his game was clearly affected and it finally broked down.
Now the Italian wil meet a resurgent Novak Djokovic. I saw Nole kind of struggling against Dutra and Munar, yet he has won in straight sets. He lost one to Bautista-Agut and he did well keeping his composure, as that was a spot where he could easily lose more. Versus Verdasco we've seen him elevating his level and winning again in straight sets, as I expect him to do once again, today.
"I have known of him for many years. I have practised with him many times in Monte-Carlo," Djokovic said.
"He trained a lot where I reside, where I live. We trained a lot on hard court, clay courts. And we actually trained this year before the Monte-Carlo tournament. For sure, he's playing the tennis of his life. He won his first title recently... To pull out a big upset for Marco is quite impressive. Congratulations to him for a great tournament. And even though he's not a seeded player, he's still in the quarterfinals. He deserves respect and he's got nothing to lose in our next match. So I'll approach it very seriously."
So there's nothing new Cecchinato can bring up to the Serbinator, and at this stage in a Grand Slam Djokovic will look for locking in in order to go through to the semifinals with the lessser amount of energy he can spend, as a much tougher battle awaits there.
Let's go green!
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Cecchinato vs Djokovic prediction
|Djokovic -2.5 sets||Pinnacle||1.73||9||3-1 LOST (-9 units)|