2018 US Open – Novak Djokovic vs Joao Sousa Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

Where is Novak Djokovic vs Joao Sousa taking place? Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing Meadows, New York

When is Novak Djokovic vs Joao Sousa on and what time does it start? Monday 3rd September, 2018 - (not before) 19:00 (UK)

What channel is Novak Djokovic vs Joao Sousa on? Amazon have exclusive rights to this year’s US Open, so coverage is online only

Where can I stream Novak Djokovic vs Joao Sousa? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match online via Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Novak Djokovic vs Joao Sousa? https://www.usopen.org/en_US/tickets/index.html

THE LOWDOWN

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • As he tends to do, Djokovic is improving as the tournament progresses and delivered his best performance so far in dismantling Richard Gasquet in straight sets on Saturday.
  • The Serb appeared to relish the fact that the crowd were on his back against Gasquet and used that as fuel for the fire, and when he is in this kind of mood it usually spells danger for his rivals.
  • His record against Sousa speaks for itself as he has enjoyed four comfortable victories against the Portuguese player, including a 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 win here at Flushing Meadows in 2013.

JOAO SOUSA

  • Sousa became the first Portuguese man to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam after upsetting 17th seed Lucas Pouille in four close sets on Saturday.
  • He also claimed the scalp of 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta (who retired in the fifth set) in the second round so it has been an excellent run so far for the 29-year-old.
  • As the heavy underdog against Djokovic, Sousa should be able to play with freedom but he will be aware that he has previously been completely outclassed on court by the Serb.

THE STATISTICS

THE PREDICTION

Djokovic has survived one or two testing moments so far in his bid for a third US Open title but he produced an excellent performance against Gasquet on Saturday and has been handed an admittedly kind fourth-round draw so it is fully expected that he will reach the quarter-finals.

Sousa should be commended for becoming the first Portuguese man to reach this stage of a major but history tells us that he will be dominated from the back of the court in this match-up against one of the tournament favourites. Djokovic is in ominous form and should not have too much trouble in closing out a straight-sets win and set up a potential quarter-final with Roger Federer.