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Djokovic vs Querrey ATP cincinnati Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Djokovic begins Cincinnati title defence against big-serving Querrey

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 13 Aug 2019
  • Novak Djokovic vs Sam Querrey is live from Cincinnati on Tuesday, 13 August from around 3:00pm local time/ 8:00pm BST
  • Djokovic leads the head-to-head 8-2
Novak Djokovic (PA Sport)

After pulling out of last week's Rogers Cup in Montreal, world No. 1, Novak Djokovic returns to action for the first time since his Wimbledon triumph on Tuesday as he takes on big-serving American, Sam Querrey in the second round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. 

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Djokovic is the defending champion in Cincinnati, having won the title for the first time last year to become the first man to win each of the nine ATP Masters 1000 titles at least once. The Serbian had lost five previous finals in Cincinnati, but he finally cracked the code last season, beating Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 to claim the title.

Cincinnati was one of the four titles Djokovic won in the second half of 2018 as he launched a spectacular recovery from a troubled opening half. The Serbian infamously struggled in the first six months of 2018, with an elbow problem, which required surgery in January, at the heart of his poor results, but he had a remarkable transformation from the grass-court season onwards, winning Wimbledon, the US Open, Cincinnati and Shanghai as he rose from outside the top 20 to regain his No. 1 ranking by the end of the year.

The 32-year-old hasn't quite swept through 2019 in the same way, but he remains the dominant force on the tour, winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and reaching the semi-finals of the French Open, where he was beaten by Dominic Thiem, and prevented from holding all four Grand Slam titles at the same time for the second time in his career.

Djokovic has also won a Masters 1000 title in Madrid, made a semi-final in Rome, and another semi in Doha at the start of the year. He suffered surprisingly early losses at Indian Wells and Miami, where he has been traditionally strong over the years, failing to make a quarter final in either of the Masters 1000 tournaments, but he has since rediscovered his form, and will once again be the man to beat this week as he goes after back-to-back Cincinnati titles.

His first obstacle is home player, and former Wimbledon semi-finalist, Sam Querrey, who booked his second round spot with victory over Frenchman, Pierre-Hugues Herbert. 


Playing his first match since Wimbledon, Querrey powered down 18 aces as he edged Herbert 7-6 7-6. The American lost just four points on his first serve, as he battled back from a break down in each set, saving a set point in the second, before playing a couple of impeccable tie breakers to get the win.

Querrey is playing just his 10th tournament of the season, as he has had to deal with an abdominal injury. He missed two months between April and June, skipping the entire European clay season, but he returned to produce a quality grass-court campaign, reaching the final at Eastbourne (lost to Taylor Fritz), and the quarter finals at Wimbledon, where he was beaten by Rafael Nadal. The American spent some more time on the sidelines after Wimbledon, pulling out of hard-court tournaments in Washington and Toronto, but he's made another successful return in Cincinnati, beating Herbert in his comeback match to earn a shot at Djokovic.

The American, who reached No. 11 at the start of last year, fell as low as 79th during his injury lay-off, but his strong grass-court run halted the slide, with his ranking now at 49th entering Cincinnati. Querrey had got a very poor record in Cincinnati- only once, in 2007 has he made the quarter finals, while he has not gone beyond the second round since 2010. His chances of halting that sequence have not been helped by the prospect of facing world No. 1, Djokovic in the second round on Tuesday. 

He has got two wins over Djokovic, one of which was in their most recent meeting at Wimbledon in 2016, but Djokovic leads the overall head-to-head 8-2. Querrey’s main weapon is his big serve, but Djokovic, arguably the finest returner in the sport, has spent his illustrious career dissecting serves, and owns the advantage in that contest. 

Except Querrey serves up an absolute storm, or Djokovic offers a horribly rusty performance in his first match since Wimbledon, the world No. 1 should safely book his passage into the third round.

Novak Djokovic vs Sam Querrey is live from Cincinnati on Tuesday, 13 August from around 3:00pm local time/ 8:00pm BST


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Djokovic vs Querrey ATP cincinnati Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Djokovic begins Cincinnati title defence against big-serving Querrey

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