Novak Djokovic gets the Suzanne Lenglen treatment on Day 4 of the French Open, playing his second round clash in the early afternoon. His opponent there will be Joao Sousa, who has had a disaster of a European clay season despite it being a surface he enjoys in theory.
Sousa did make a semi final in Sao Paolo previously but coming back to Europe after the American hard court swing has not proved successful for him. After winning his opener in Monte Carlo, he lost 6 straight matches in straight sets to opponents of varying quality. While Pablo Cuevas and Fabio Fognini are not such disappointing defeats, losing to Bjorn Fratangelo and Rogerio Dutra Silva will be performances that the Portugese will think he could have done much better in. He ended that losing streak the other day, fighting back after losing the first set to defeat another Serbian, Janko Tipsarevic, in 4 sets.
Meanwhile, Djokovic enjoyed a good work out in his opener on Monday. It took him two and a half hours to defeat Marcel Granollers in round one, breaking his opponents serve eight times in the straight sets victory. It didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things but it may be of some concern that Djokovic himself was broken on a number of occasions, handing serve right back. It’s fair to say that Djokovic probably didn’t need to strain himself too much and it may be the same this time out too. Tougher tests lay ahead in the draw, although a real challenge may not come until the quarter finals with Dominic Thiem.
Prediction – Novak Djokovic in straight sets