Novak Djokovic Will Avenge Madrid Loss to Grigor Dimitrov in 2013 French Open
Fans shouldn't expect a repeat of what happened less than a month ago at the Madrid Masters, however, when Dimitrov ousted the world's top player in the second round.
Dimitrov wore out Djokovic in that match, winning in three sets 7-6(6), 6-7(8), 6-3. Needless to say, it was a huge shock to most tennis fans and analysts, as the Associated Press noted on Twitter when it posted "Whoa" as an opening statement:
Whoa: Djokovic loses in 2nd round at Madrid Open http://t.co/tDfBuRjEcF— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) May 8, 2013
Djokovic had won his first two career matches against Dimitrov before falling to him in Madrid, and he's certainly sharpened up his game since that time.
In the opening round at Roland Garros, Djokovic overcame a significant rain delay and a feisty opponent in David Goffin to win in straight sets, as noted on Twitter:
Goffin never backed down an inch, but Djokovic's superior skill set, athleticism and range allowed him to power through the difficult match.
Then, in the second round, he annihilated Argentina's Guido Pella, losing just four games throughout the match to set up a "blockbuster with Dimitrov," per the French Open's official Twitter feed:
While it's easy to understand why Roland Garros is touting the match as a blockbuster to generate buzz, it's also a tough sell. Djokovic is on fire right now and looking sharp for an inevitable semifinals match against Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic will ______ against Dimitrov in Round 3.
Meanwhile, Dimitrov had a bit of trouble in the middle of his second-round match against Lucas Pouille, and he failed to get out of the second round at the Rome Masters before arriving at Roland Garros for the French Open.
Dimitrov has never before gotten past Round 2 at the French Open. He's entering uncharted territory, while Djokovic is just now starting to hit his stride as he attempts to win his first French Open after losing to Nadal in the men's final last year.
This is not likely to be a compelling matchup, and frankly, it will be a surprise if Djokovic doesn't win in straight sets.
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