The No.1 seed Novak Djokovic will take on Jan-Lennard Struff in the round of 16 of the French Open on Monday.
Djokovic has been in stunning form in Paris for the last week. He has won all his games so far in straight sets. Hubert Hurkacz was his opponent in the first round, and Djokovic won 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. Then he defeated Henri Laaksonen in the second round. In the last game, he faced Salvatore Caruso and beat him 6-3, 6-3, 6-2. The Serb has played some great tennis, and he will be confident going into the clash against Struff.Embed from Getty Images
If he wins the French Open, Djokovic will hold all the Grand Slam titles. He has already managed that feat once before in his career. Even the likes of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have failed to do so. Djokovic’s buildup to the French Open has been significant. He won the Madrid Open, where he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final. Then he lost to Nadal in the Italian Open final. Djokovic has won 12 out of the last 13 matches on clay.
Caruso gave him the toughest match of the tournament, but Djokovic managed to pull through in straight sets. He won 85% of the points on his first serve, which was one of his strengths in the game. He saved all five break points and converted five of his own. The Serb has won all his game thus far comfortably, which will keep him conditioned for the latter stages.
As for Jan-Lennard Struff, that has not been the case. He came through a long match in his last encounter. Struff faced Croatian Borna Coric in the third round. The game went to five sets, but Struff prevailed by a 4-6, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6,(1), 11-9 scoreline. The match lasted for nearly four and a half hours, and that will undoubtedly affect him against Djokovic. Struff converted five of his eight break points and won an extended fifth set to clinch the win.Embed from Getty Images
Struff produced 21 aces in the game and hit 66 winners overall against Coric. This is the first time the German has made the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament. In the French Open, the farthest he has managed to go in the second round which he did last year. This year has been his best year to date. He has five career wins against top-10 players, and three of them have come in 2019.
Novak Djokovic vs Jan-Lennard Struff Prediction
Djokovic will be the overwhelming favorite to progress to the quarter-finals against Struff. The German lacks experience at this level, and the Serb should win in straight sets. The two have met before once, and Djokovic claimed the win on that occasion. He has not lost before the quarter-finals in Paris since 2009, and that streak should continue for another year. The game is a big one in Struff’s career, but Djokovic will spoil the party and make it to the next round.