Djokovic should win this in easy 3. Sandgren is really not a kind of player who troubles him. Their only meeting was on grass this year, but even Sandgren is much better on hardcourt, this should be a one-way street for Nole.
Incidentally, Djere (a fellow Serbian) was the surprise winner against Mayer today—he had to retire, but he was down 2 sets. So if both he and Djokovic hold up their ends of the deal, maybe we'll have a clash of fellow Serbs in the 3rd round.
Djokovic seemed to handle Sandgren easily at Wimbledon but that is no guarantee that the same will happen here. Still, I would surprised in Novak struggled as much as he did today with Fucsovics. So Djokovic in 3 sounds right.
If Sandgren serves like he served against Thiem at AO, then may be he might win a set... chances of that happening is extremely rare anyways..so should be a straight forward 3 set victory for Djokovic..may be 1 tight set
Novak in 3, hopefully with no drama. On Novak's official site, MTO he called for in match with Fucsovics was described as stomach problems, not heat. Don't know what is up with that, he also had stomach problems during Cincinnati match with Dimitrov.
This is how I view it, actually. Federer and Nadal are not Novak's, problem. Over 3 and 5 sets he has enough to seriously frustrate them even on his bad days.
It's the lesser players that are trouble. Sometimes I wonder if it can be boring for him playing people other than Roger, Nadal, Murray, and Del Po. The mind goes places when you are bored. Not good for the tennis.
If I were Novak, I wouldn't want to play Sandgren, or a Baghdatis or a Edmund at this stage of my career.
He just seems to thrive on matchups between the familiar top 5 that we know. To hell with everything else.
He'll probably be very average against Sandgren. No offense to the other players but you don't exactly dream about playing some of these early round matchups.
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