Cecchinato vs Djokovic
Novak Đoković was not perfect at the start of the tournament but he was excellent against Verdasco. As I said back then, my opinion was we are yet to see real Novak form. Verdasco was his toughest opponent and he raised the level of his game against Spanish player.
Of course, today's opponent is not someone who should be big threat for Novak, so I can understand if someone expect to see Novak underperforming a little bit. But I can't understand how anyone can trust to this guy who was already caught cheating. Namely Cecchinato was suspended on 18 months due to match fixing. The suspension was supposed to end in January this season but ended earlier after his plea. It's not that turned out he was innocent but he just used some "holes" in the law.
And you know how they say "once a thief, always a thief". So, I can't trust him in this match where he is clear underdog. I am much closer to believe he could tank this match.
In any case, even with Cecchinato playing his best possible tennis, Đoković can cover this handicap.
I expect from Đoković strong effort and short match cause he need to be as much fresh as possible against Zverev or Thiem.
Also note victory today would bring to Novak finally some ATP points cause he defends QF from season ago and now has chance to finally makes better result on some tournament than he had last year. So far Novak mainly was losing ATP points tournament after tournament, now has great chance to eaarn some of those.
Cecchinato vs Djokovic prediction
|Đoković -7.5 games||Pinnacle||1.74||9||3-1 LOST (-9 units)|