Novak Djokovic has a chance to win his ninth match in a row here in the Rome Masters semifinals and get into his ninth career finals of this tournament but Diego Schwartzman will try to stop him and get into his first Masters finals ever. The two will play on Saturday, May 18, not before 8 pm (7 pm) at the Center Court. Get Novak Djokovic v Diego Sebastian Schwartzman live streaming options here.
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Novak Djokovic v Diego Schwartzman Head to Head
Djokovic has won both of their previous head to head clashes, which is not too surprising if we take a look at both of their careers.
Novak won 6-1, 6-2 and 6-4 in the opening round of 2014 US Open but has struggled a bit in the Roland Garros 2017 third round when he needed five sets to beat the Argentinean – 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Djokovic Dominating Once Again
Djokovic has picked up in 2019 where he left off in 2018 and has won 24 of 28 he played so far. The Serb has won his last eight matches, including the title in Madrid, and has a clay court record of 10-1 in the season shows that he’s become the second best clay-courter ever, only behind Rafael Nadal.
His amazing defensive performances, combined with the ability to change the pace of a point with a single stroke and his unbelievable level of fitness are the reasons keeping Djokovic almost 5000 points ahead of the second-ranked Nadal at the moment and the things which make him so special.
Del Potro was the first player in eight matches to take a set of Novak in the quarterfinals yesterday but that wasn’t enough as Djokovic still won 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.
Schwartzman Has Nothing To Lose Here
Diego Schwartzman has never played in the semifinals of a Masters tournament so this match will be really special for him, more so with his opponent being arguably one of the best few players of all time.
This is why the Argentinean can take a lot of risks in this match and try to go for the winner down the line every team an opportunity comes up as he is likely to lose anyway (11/2 outsider with 888Sport) but if a few of his shots end up being winners he has a chance to make problems to Djokovic.
His 6-4, 6-2 routing of Nishikori in the quarterfinals was pretty impressive and his by far best match of the year, especially if we know that Nishikori entered that match with a 19-8 record for the year.
Djokovic v Schwartzman Predictions & Tips
Djokovic had less time for rest as his quarterfinals match ended an hour after midnight and has lasted for a bit over three hours while Schwartzman finished his match around 3 pm and it took him only 88 minutes to win.
This and the fact that the five years older Djokovic will play his eight-match in just 11 days here made me go with Schwartzman to cover this handicap, although I still expect Novak to be triumphant in the end.
Tip: Diego Schwartzman +5 games Asian handicap: 15/13 (888Sport)