2019 Cincinnati Masters – Novak Djokovic vs Lucas Pouille Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Novak Djokovic vs Lucas Pouille taking place? Lindner Family Tennis Center, Mason

When is Novak Djokovic vs Lucas Pouille on and what time does it start? Saturday 17th August, 2019, 02:00 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Novak Djokovic vs Lucas Pouille? Partly cloudy with a temperature around 28c

What channel is Novak Djokovic vs Lucas Pouille on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Novak Djokovic vs Lucas Pouille? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match live va their platform

Where can I get tickets for Novak Djokovic vs Lucas Pouille? https://www.wsopen.com/Tickets/

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting:
Novak Djokovic beat Lucas Pouille 6-0, 6-2, 6-2

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • Novak Djokovic has coasted through his first two Cincinnati Masters matches against Sam Querrey and Pablo Carreno Busta to reach the quarter-finals for a ninth time in his career.
  • The reigning champion will have seen his main competitor and last year’s runner-up Roger Federer lose to Andrey Rublev in the round of 16 as a warning sign that there are some young pitfalls in this competition.
  • Djokovic was the victor in his first meeting with Lucas Pouille earlier this year as he ended the Frenchman’s amazing Australian Open run in straight sets at the semi-final stage.

LUCAS POUILLE

  • Lucas Pouille did fantastically well to come back from a first set tie-break down to beat world number nine Karen Khachanov in three sets.
  • The Frenchman has reached just his third quarter-final of the year, not including his Challenger event win in Bordeaux, and really struggled for form following the disappointment of losing in the semi-final of the Australian Open to next opponent Djokovic.
  • 25-year-old Pouille will see this as a chance for retribution but his record against top 10 players is 1-2 this year following his win over Khachanov, also losing to Roger Federer at Wimbledon last month.

THE PREDICTION

There might be a modicum of nerves in this match for Lucas Pouille, whose last meeting with Novak Djokovic caused a serious downturn in form for the Frenchman in what should have been an emphatic year for him. His hard-court abilities are there to be seen with that semi-final at the Australian Open, but he will struggle to find a way past the formidable Novak Djokovic. The world number one is the nailed-on favourite to win this tournament again, with his main threats now Roberto Bautista Agut and Daniil Medvedev.

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