No.1 seed Novak Djokovic will face Alexander Zverev in the quarter-final of the French Open on Wednesday.
Djokovic has been in stunning form at the French Open so far. He has not dropped a single set in his four matches thus far. The Serb faced unseeded players in all four games, which helped him claim easy wins. He faced Jan-Lennard Struff in the round of 16 and beat him 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. Struff played well early on, but Djokovic imposed his dominance to get the win. He reached his 10th successive quarter-final at Roland-Garros, which is a record.Embed from Getty Images
He beat Struff in 1 hour 33 minutes and made just 11 unforced errors in the whole game. “I think the crucial point was break and 4-3,” Djokovic said after the game. “There were a couple of really close games at the beginning; obviously, then the match turns around in one game. “It didn’t seem like he was playing confidently after that and I probably elevated a level or two. I played a perfect second and third set.”
If he wins the French Open, he will become the second man to hold all the Grand Slams at the same time. Rod Laver is the only other player to do so. Djokovic himself achieved that feat three years ago when he won his maiden French Open. He is in great form on clay, as he reached the finals of the Italian and Madrid Opens before Roland-Garros.
Djokovic will come up against Zverev, who is looking to capture his first Grand Slam title. Unlike Djokovic, his road to the quarter-final has not been that easy. His first-round match went to five sets against John Millman. Zverev beat Dusan Lajovic in the third round in five sets as well. In his last game, he faced Fabio Fognini, and he overcame the Italian in four sets. He has played five more sets than Djokovic, which will undoubtedly affect if the game goes the distance.Embed from Getty Images
Zverev achieved his best finish at a Grand Slam when he reached the quarter-finals at the French Open last year. He will attempt to better that this year. Aged just 22, he still has a long time to win his first major. He is ranked 5th in the world, but his record at Grand Slams has been underwhelming. Zverev crashed out in the fourth round at this year’s Australian Open. Their head to head record is tied, as both have won two games apiece. They faced each other twice in London last year.
Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev Prediction
Despite Zverev’s obvious potential, Djokovic will be the favorite for this one. He has played some great tennis, and he should progress to the semi-final. Zverev has looked shaky at times in the tournament, and the lack of experience should show. He will still give Djokovic the toughest game of the tournament yet. The Serb should get the win in straight sets despite Zverev’s resistance.