Novak Djokovic will look to continue his run on Friday afternoon when he takes on Roberto Bautista Agut in round three. The Spaniard has managed to keep things together in making the third round, just a week after the shock passing of his mother.
Agut beat Denis Istomin and Santiago Giraldo to make it this far, beating the latter in straight sets in the previous round. Unlike many of his compatriots, the Spaniard has an all court game and his results show this with multiple fourth round appearances at all of the slams. He is yet to make it to the last eight though with the odds stacked against such an occurrence here.
Djokovic is the only player in the bottom half of the draw to not drop a set after Dimitrov, Zverev and Nishikori were all taken five sets in the previous round. His opponents have been far from frightening but both wins have been very comfortable for the former No.1. He beat the young Spaniard Jaume Munar 7-6 6-4 6-4 but was far from happy afterwards. “I went through my ups and downs, and [I’m] not really satisfied with the performance. I just played [well] enough in the right moments to win the match. So hopefully my level will increase and will get better in the next match.” he said.
It will already be a tough match for Agut, who is 1-6 against Djokovic, but even more so with the circumstances. “Everything that has happened is taking its toll on me,” Bautista Agut said. “In the end, everything is linked to our profession. What we eat, how much we rest, the family issues … all that is linked to the life of the tennis player and when there are problems off the court, you have to put in that much more effort to achieve good results on the court. My match is obviously a difficult one, even more so considering the circumstances. All I can do is leave it all on the court.”
Prediction – Novak Djokovic in 4 sets