The quarterfinal action of the Vienna Open in Austria will see Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, the top seed, take on Italian Lorenzo Sonego, currently ranked 42nd, on Friday, October 30. The match is likely to begin sometime after 5:30 pm local time (5:30 pm BST or 12:30 pm Eastern Time). Get the live streaming options of this Novak Djokovic v Lorenzo Sonego match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Novak Djokovic v Lorenzo Sonego Head to Head
The two have never faced each other in a competitive match before. This will be the first-ever encounter between them.
Djokovic Close To Cementing End Season World No. 1 Spot
Novak Djokovic Beat Borna Coric in straights to advance to his sixth quarterfinal of the season. That win was similar to his first-round defeat of Filip Krajinovic, in which he needed a tie-breaker to clinch the first set before having a relatively easy second set sailing.
And similar to both matches, he faced several set points that he managed to recover: four against Boric and one against his compatriot Krajinovic.
Despite eventually winning won both those encounters in straight sets, it seems safe to say that the Serb’s displays haven’t really been to levels of the dominant status that he would have desired.
But having not played since he lost the French Open final against his foe Rafael Nadal, it seems to reason that he would take a while to get back into his rhythm, which has instead shone in his second set displays.
Additionally, that win over Borna Coric was his 39th of the tour, and barring a bizarre set of extraordinary circumstances, he should be expected to end the season ranked number one for the sixth time, tying Pete Sampras’ record.
Next up for the Serb is a quarterfinal tie against a tournament lucky Loser. The world no. one may have had nervy affairs before, but this seems like the opportune moment for him to shine if he truly has intentions of winning his fifth title of the year; one that will all but guarantee him a sixth number one ranking.
Sonego in David v Goliath Territory
The task for the Italian Lucky Loser is a seemingly easy one. All he has to do is replicate his display against Hubert Hurkacz, and he may just have a chance against the world number one. The 25-year-old stunned Hurkacz in the second round, clinching a tight 7-6(6), 7-6(2) win, which followed his similarly impressive first-round dispatch of Dusan Lajovic in straight sets.
He’s proven to be a tough thorn, especially for someone who hadn’t played on indoor hard courts this year prior to the Vienna Open qualifiers and had faced first-round elimination in all his other hard court tournaments for the year.
But he’ll be keen to surmount the odds once more. He’s made it to one other quarterfinal this year, and he’ll want to better that with an upset against the top seed.
But against Djokovic, especially for a predominant clay-courter, it seems wise to predict that his stunning run will surely be curtailed.
Djokovic v Sonego Prediction and Tip
The world number one will have too much firepower for the Italian and should be fancied to win in straight sets. But the Italian should be resolute and win enough games to cover the handicap that he faces.
Tip: Match Handicap (Games) Sonego +6.5: 4/6 (bet365)