ATP – SINGLES: Paris (France), hard (indoor) – Quarter-finals. Opponents played twice this season; the only one with whom Novak Djokovic played (rating 1, age 34) five sets at AO was Taylor Harry Fritz: 6:3, 7:6, 3:6, 4:6, 6:2, and then there was a game on Rome clay 7:6, 6:4. We draw your attention to the first two sets in these matches with an almost identical score.
We think that the prerequisites in today’s game are the same – Fritz passed the strong Sonego, Rublev, and Norrie. He cannot be underestimated, at least in the light of the final in St. Petersburg and the feats at the PS where he literally cleared Norrie’s way to the title by eliminating Sinner, Berrettini, and Zverev. He plays here without doubles, losing only one serve in the game with Sonego. The American is very stable in his serve; yesterday, he saved two break points out of two available, serving at a 70% rate. That is the same serve percentage as Djokovic’s.
Djokovic, of course, is better on the backline and more stable in the rallies – Fritz’s weak link. Novak has to overcome a tired American who has been playing without rest since the beginning of October. Also, his rivals were all very difficult, so Fritz surely accumulated physical and psychological fatigue. Yesterday, he was very happy with the victory over the tenacious Norrie.
We think that a score like 6:3, 7:6 is of high probability between the sides, but fresh Novak will not leave a chance after all. Therefore, the victory of Djokovic with a total of 19.5. Yes, Fritz is a guy with ambitions and will surely fight strong. Want to read more tennis predictions and don’t miss the attractive odds? Subscribe to news99india.in and receive the latest updates to your email.