Novak Djokovic has been having a good month. After reaching the semifinals of Rome and fighting toe to toe with Nadal in the first set, his performance at Roland Garros has been very encouraging after a slump in form.
Marco Cecchinato, on the other hand, has been having an unbelievable week. From never winning a slam match to reaching the quarterfinals, beating #10 seed Pablo Carreno Busta and #8 seed David Goffin back to back and winning more than half his current prize money in one tournament.
That being said, can the Italian stalwart pull off the upset? Or is this a routine win for the Serbian on a comeback mission to the final?
Djokovic and Cecchinato have never met each other before.
How it adds up
Djokovic was shaky at the start of the tournament but found his form in the third round against Bautista Agut, who played very well and consistently, enough to take a set off the Serb. However, Djokovic really found his stride against Fernando Verdasco, wiping him off the court in straight sets. While Djokovic is far from his best, his current form is good enough to get him to his 9th straight French Open Quarterfinal. His confidence will be high and considering that Marco is playing his first ever quarterfinal on a big stage, nerves will play a role in what the scoreline reads.
Even otherwise, Marco’s game has too many kinks that Djokovic can easily exploit. The high risk and unorthodox game utilised by Cechinnato worked against Goffin because he’s a percentage tennis player. This same tactic will not work against Djokovic, and he’ll have to find something to disrupt Djokovic’s rhythm like he did with Goffin and Carreno Busta. While certainly possible, the chances are slim to none.
Djokovic in 3 sets.