Up To £100 In Bet Credits
  • New Customer Offer
  • Up To £100 In Bet Credits
  • Watch & Bet On Live Tennis
Sign Up Now Up To £100 In Bet Credits
New Customers only. Up to £100* in Bet Credits. Sign up, deposit £5* or more to your account and bet365 will match your qualifying deposit in Bet Credits when you place qualifying bets to the same value and they are settled. Min odds/bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. T&Cs, time limits & exclusions apply.

Djokovic vs Schwartzman ATP Rome Masters tennis live streaming, preview and predictions

Novak Djokovic targets fifth Rome Masters title as he faces Diego Schwartzman, the dogged Argentine playing his first Masters final, at the Foro Italico on Monday.

Djokovic vs Schwartzman is live from Rome on Monday 21 September, 5pm local/4pm BST

It’s been five years since Novak Djokovic last won the Rome Masters, but if he beats Diego Schwartzman in Monday’s final, he will not only reclaim the title and preserve his perfect record against the Argentine, but will once again edge ahead of Rafael Nadal in their battle for the most Masters 1000 Series titles of all time.

Rome Masters 2020: Find out tournament information for the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and how to stream ATP Rome matches live

Standing in Djokovic’s way, Schwartzman has been having the best tournament of his life, scoring a historic win over Rafael Nadal and winning the longest match of the week in the semifinals – but can he find a way to push Djokovic?

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

How to watch Djokovic vs Schwartzman live

Rome Masters matches including Novak Djokovic vs Diego Schwartzman are streamed live alongside odds and in-play betting at bet365.

1. Click here to go to bet365
2. Sign in or open an account and deposit £5 or more
3. Go to tennis > US Open > Djokovic vs Schwartzman

*Geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify

Djokovic vs Schwartzman: Head-to-head

Novak Djokovic has a 4-0 record against Diego Schwartzman. Their two hard-court matches have been straight-sets wins for Djokovic, but both clay-court matches have gone the distance: At the French Open in 2017, when Schwartzman pushed Djokovic to five sets, and at the Rome Masters in last year’s semifinals when Djokovic won 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3.

Djokovic vs Schwartzman: Preview

Novak Djokovic was always favoured to reach the Rome Masters final, as he has done nine of the past 12 years including four of the last five, but it hasn’t entirely been plain sailing for the Serb. After a routine win over Italian wildcard Salvatore Caruso, each of Djokovic’s matches so far have been packed with action: Against Filip Krajinovic in the third round he played an 88-minute first set before winning 7-6(7), 6-3; qualifier Dominik Koepfer took him the distance in the quarterfinals before Djokovic won 6-3, 4-6, 6-3; and in Sunday’s semifinal against first-time Masters 1000 Series semifinalist Casper Ruud, Djokovic had to save two set points in the first set and trailed by a break for much of it before being able to win 7-5, 6-3.

Taking a broader lens, of course Djokovic has had a rough time this week, having to make a brutally quick transition between continents and surfaces. Probably the biggest area of concern has been his forehand, with errors coming thick and fast (by Djokovic’s usual standards) off that wing; at key moments, his backhand has broken down too.

However, the crucial point is that Djokovic, unlike Nadal, has made it to the final, and he now has the opportunity to win his 36th Masters 1000 Series title, edging ahead of Nadal on 35.

Diego Schwartzman (Alfredo Falcone – LaPresse – PA Images)

For Diego Schwartzman, it’s simultaneously already the best week of his career – a first Masters 1000 Series semifinal, his first victory over Nadal in ten attempts – and kind of cruel that he will have to best Nadal and Djokovic in the same tournament if he is to win his first Masters 1000 Series title.

A semifinalist in Rome last year, Schwartzman came into this year’s tournament in less than impressive form, and said himself that he was already thinking about moving on to Hamburg and trying to get some pre-Roland Garros rhythm there before facing Nadal in the quarterfinals. Instead, he played what was probably the finest match of his career, bossing a discombobulated Nadal – who was serving abysmally and struggling off the ground – around the court for a 6-2, 7-5 win.

Against Denis Shapovalov in the semifinals, Schwartzman wasn’t able to play quite the same attacking tennis he produced against Nadal, but instead relied on soaking up the pressure from the Canadian, outlasting him for unforced errors and passing him when he attacked the net. It worked, eventually, but only after the longest match of the tournament, a three-hour, 15-minute tussle in which both men were broken six times and Shapovalov served for the match before Schwartzman eventually edged it in a third-set tie-break, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(4).

Schwartzman has played good matches against Djokovic on clay before, stretching him to five at the French Open and to three in Rome last year. But the turnaround from last night’s late semifinal to Sunday’s final is a fairly brutal one. Schwartzman is also playing for a place in the top 10, a ranking milestone which clearly means a lot to him, which could bring out the best in him or cripple him with nerves.

Djokovic is not playing well enough to predict an overwhelming victory, but even in his difficult matches in Rome, he’s been able to tighten up his game when he had to: In the decider against Koepfer, in the second set against Ruud when he saved four break points. I don’t think there’s any question that Djokovic will win (nor does the market) but Schwartzman has always managed to make life interesting for him on clay before.

Djokovic vs Schwartzman: Prediction

Novak Djokovic faces rising Norwegian Casper Ruud as he looks to book a place in the Rome Masters final for the tenth time.

Djokovic vs Ruud is live from Rome on Sunday 20 September, 2pm local/1pm BST

Since making his main-draw debut at the Rome Masters in 2006, Novak Djokovic has reached the final nine times, including six of the past seven years, and despite a tough match against qualifier Dominik Koepfer the world no. 1 has put himself in position to do so again.

Rome Masters 2020: Find out tournament information for the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and how to stream ATP Rome matches live

Djokovic dropped a set to Koepfer before coming through 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to set up a first encounter with Casper Ruud, the first Norwegian man ever to make a Masters 1000 Series semifinal.

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

How to watch Djokovic vs Ruud live

Rome Masters matches including Novak Djokovic vs Casper Ruud are streamed live alongside odds and in-play betting at bet365.

1. Click here to go to bet365
2. Sign in or open an account and deposit £5 or more
3. Go to tennis > US Open > Djokovic vs Ruud

*Geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify

Djokovic vs Ruud: Head-to-head

Novak Djokovic and Casper Ruud have never played before.

Djokovic vs Ruud: Preview

After a lengthy tussle with compatriot Filip Krajinovic to reach the quarterfinals, with the first set alone taking 88 minutes, Novak Djokovic’s win over qualifier Dominik Koepfer only took a few minutes longer than his straight-sets win over Krajinovic.

Koepfer had beaten Gael Monfils and Lorenzo Musetti, among others, to reach the quarterfinals of a Masters 1000 Series event for the first time, and he played a match which underlined exactly why he’s headed towards the top 50 fast. But it was not all about his good tennis. Djokovic struggled throughout to find his range on his forehand, and errors off that wing were the keynote of a scrappy performance; racing to a 4-0 lead, then losing three straight games before closing out the first set, Djokovic was again unable to consolidate a break lead in the second, getting so frustrated midway through it that he smashed a racquet.

Koepfer broke serve to level the match, but Djokovic tightened up his game in the third, breaking early and this time not handing the advantage back. By the time he closed out the win, he had created 21 break points – but only converted six, and failed to save a single one of the four he faced.

Now 29-1 in 2020 and yet to lose a completed match this season, Djokovic’s struggles in a match like that must be seen in the context of both his achievements and the strain that this most unusual year is putting on everybody. Still he will want to make much more of an emphatic statement when he takes on Ruud in Sunday’s semifinals.

Casper Ruud (Alfredo Falcone – LaPresse – PA Images)

Saturday was a day of milestones for Ruud, who became the first Norwegian man to make a Masters 1000 Series semifinal – surpassing the mark set by his father Christian, who reached the Rome quarterfinals in 1997 – and also claimed his first victory over a top-10 opponent in five attempts, beating Matteo Berrettini 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5).

The 21-year-old Ruud had lost in straight sets to Berrettini in the third round of the US Open, but on clay it was a whole different story. Berrettini, whose combination of big serve, big forehand and slice backhand is a more natural fit for hard courts, powered his way through the first set, but in the long run, Ruud’s heavier topspin, better movement and affinity for patient, well-constructed rallies won the day, despite relinquishing an early break lead in the decider and having to come back from 2-4 down in the third-set tie-break.

Ruud had great success moving Berrettini around and forcing him back behind the baseline, but needless to say, these tactics won’t meet with the same success against Djokovic, who has absolutely no difficulty winning points behind the baseline and won’t – even on Saturday’s form – give up the kinds of errors. We’ve often seen Djokovic brush off poorer performances against less threatening opponents to bring his best in the semifinals and finals and I expect to see that again on Sunday.

Djokovic vs Ruud: Prediction

Novak Djokovic takes on qualifier Dominik Koepfer as the world no. 1 looks to book a place in the Rome Masters semifinals for the eighth straight year.

Djokovic vs Koepfer is live from Rome on Saturday 19 September, 2.30pm local/1.30pm BST

Four-time Rome champion Novak Djokovic was pushed all the way in an 88-minute first set by Filip Krajinovic on Friday, but maintained his record of having yet to lose a completed match in 2020 with an impressive victory against his in-form compatriot to set up a quarterfinal match with Dominik Koepfer.

Rome Masters 2020: Find out tournament information for the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and how to stream ATP Rome matches live

The first qualifier to reach the Rome Masters quarterfinals for 11 years, Koepfer has been paying his dues on the Challenger circuit and broke into the top 100 after reaching the last 16 at the US Open in 2019. He has already beaten one top-10 player this week – could Djokovic be his second victim?

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

How to watch Djokovic vs Koepfer live

Rome Masters matches including Novak Djokovic vs Dominik Koepfer are streamed live alongside odds and in-play betting at bet365.

1. Click here to go to bet365
2. Sign in or open an account and deposit £5 or more
3. Go to tennis > US Open > Djokovic vs Koepfer

*Geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify

Djokovic vs Koepfer: Head-to-head

Novak Djokovic and Dominik Koepfer have never played.

Djokovic vs Koepfer: Preview

After a solid opener at the Rome Masters, where he beat Italian wildcard Salvatore Caruso 6-3, 6-2, Novak Djokovic was always going to have to work harder in a third-round clash with compatriot Filip Krajinovic, and so it proved on Friday.

Krajinovic had won the only previous completed set the two had played, is coached by Djokovic’s old friend Janko Tipsarevic and is in very good form at the moment, and he lived up to all of those reasons to expect a tougher clash for the world no. 1. The first set alone lasted 88 minutes: Djokovic was broken to open and although he immediately broke back, found himself frequently embroiled in lengthy games. From 1-1 to 6-6, Krajinovic saved six break points, two of which were set points, while Djokovic also had to save two break points: Djokovic also trailed 1-4 in the first-set tie-break before coming back and being unable to convert two more set points. Finally, on the fifth, he got over the line and the second set was easier going, Djokovic closing out a 7-6(7), 6-3 victory in two hours and nine minutes.

Djokovic did not play his best; he double-faulted twice in the tie-break, and made 27 unforced errors in the first set alone. But a lot of that had to do with Krajinovic, who really played a great match, and the emotional awkwardness of playing a friend and compatriot.
In many ways, it will be good for Djokovic to have survived a tough test on clay coming into the closing stages of the tournament, and the French Open beyond; especially because he faces a surprise opponent, qualifier Koepfer, instead of any of Stan Wawrinka, Gael Monfils or Kei Nishikori, all of whom could have met him in the quarterfinals.

Dominik Koepfer (Alfredo Falcone – LaPresse – PA Images)

Koepfer and fellow qualifier Lorenzo Musetti had other plans. Koepfer eliminated Monfils, Musetti ousted Wawrinka and Nishikori, and then Koepfer defeated Musetti – who had a shoulder injury – 6-4, 6-0 to become the first qualifier in 11 years to make the Rome quarterfinals.

A former college player, Koepfer made his ATP Tour main-draw debut in 2017 and won his first Challenger Tour title on grass in Ilkley in 2019, but where he first made his name was with an improbable run to the fourth round of the US Open later the same year, where he qualified for the main draw and beat Jaume Munar, Reilly Opelka and Nikoloz Basilashvili before losing to Daniil Medvedev. He broke into the top 100 as a result, but only had two ATP Tour-level wins to his name in 2020 before this week.

Stretched to three sets by all three players he faced in qualifying, Koepfer actually saved match point in the first round against Alex de Minaur before going on to beat Monfils and Musetti in straight sets. The victory against Monfils was his first over a top-10 player on his second attempt.

Will Djokovic be his second top-10 victim this week? Unlikely. The German is likely to be a name we hear in the future, and an unknown opponent is always dangerous (although Djokovic was spotted checking out his match against Musetti). But Djokovic last lost a match to a player ranked outside the top 50 at the 2018 French Open. He also has an exceptional record against left-handers (if you exclude Nadal, he is 93-12 against them). Anything other than a straight-sets win for Djokovic would be a shock.

Djokovic vs Koepfer: Prediction

Novak Djokovic faces an all-Serbian clash with Filip Krajinovic for a place in the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters on Friday.

Djokovic vs Krajinovic is live from Rome on Friday 18 September

Not since falling in qualifying all the way back in 2006 has Novak Djokovic failed to reach the quarterfinals or better at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia – that’s a 13-year streak of making one of the last eight at the Foro Italico.

Rome Masters 2020: Find out tournament information for the Internazionali BNL d’Italia and how to stream ATP Rome matches live

Djokovic accomplished the hard-to-clay transition smoothly when he beat Italian wildcard Salvatore Caruso, but big-serving compatriot Filip Krajinovic, on strong form, should be a tougher test.

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

How to watch Djokovic vs Krajinovic live

Rome Masters matches including Novak Djokovic vs Filip Krajinovic are streamed live alongside odds and in-play betting at bet365.

1. Click here to go to bet365
2. Sign in or open an account and deposit £5 or more
3. Go to tennis > US Open > Djokovic vs Krajinovic

*Geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify

Djokovic vs Krajinovic: Head-to-head

Compatriots Djokovic and Krajinovic have played just once, at the now-defunct Belgrade tournament in 2010. Krajinovic won the first set before Djokovic retired.

Djokovic vs Krajinovic: Preview

There were many factors mitigating against four-time Rome Masters champion Djokovic being able to recover the title, five years after last winning it, this week: The world no. 1 had to make a quick transition from hard courts to clay, had a possible left shoulder issue which troubled him in the US and most significantly had to bounce back from a shockingly abrupt and premature ending to his US Open campaign when he was defaulted after accidentally striking a linesperson with a ball.

But Djokovic has yet to lose a completed match in 2020, and he played a very good one to beat Salvatore Caruso on Wednesday. The Italian is at a career-high world no. 87 and has played some really good tennis recently, and he played about as well as he can play against Djokovic in the first set especially. Djokovic still won, serving extremely solidly – he lost six points behind his first serve for the match – and constructing points beautifully to protect his second serve, only losing five points behind that delivery. He also converted three of the eight break points he created in the 84-minute match, and didn’t face a single break point himself.

Filip Krajinovic won the only set he and Djokovic have ever played 6-4 (Alfredo Falcone – LaPresse 16/09/2020)

Djokovic’s serve and forehand (his backhand and movement are always sublime) looked particularly good in New York, and they did against Caruso too. Krajinovic, however, will present a different challenge. The big-serving Serb is currently ranked world no. 29, just three places below his 2018 career-high ranking which followed a 71-22 season in 2017, including five Challenger titles on clay and a run to the final of the Paris Masters as a qualifier, beating Sam Querrey and John Isner on the way.

Often injured and prone to inconsistency, Krajinovic nevertheless had a solid 2019, reaching two ATP Tour finals, and although he fell tamely to Roger Federer in the second round of the Australian Open, he went on to make back-to-back semifinals on indoor hard courts in Montpellier and Rotterdam. Post-shutdown, Krajinovic picked up where he left off with a quarterfinal run in ‘Cincinnati’ which included a 6-2, 6- 1 defeat of Dominic Thiem, the second top-10 win of his career and first in a completed match; he reached the third round of the US Open, and in Rome beat Felix Auger-Aliassime and former surprise French Open semifinalist Marco Cecchinato to reach the last 16.

It could be an interesting clash and very much a family affair, with Djokovic a long-time friend and mentor of Krajinovic, who is now coached by Janko Tipsarevic, another old friend of Djokovic’s. Krajinovic is a very talented player, and if he produces his best on the day, I could absolutely see him and his combination of big serve and big forehand taking a set from Djokovic, although I don’t think he could keep it up. I’m not sure he’ll take a set, but I do think Krajinovic can keep it close.

Djokovic vs Krajinovic: Prediction

Rafael Nadal returns to action while Novak Djokovic tries to rebound from shock US Open exit at the 2020 Rome Masters.

We break down the men’s singles draw, analyse the contenders and predict the semifinalists and champion as Djokovic, Nadal, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini lead the field at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, better known as the Rome Masters.

ATP Rome Masters Preview

The compressed and rescheduled European clay-court season gets its first big event at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, a combined Masters 1000 Series/WTA Premier-5 tournament played at the Foro Italico in Rome.

Usually a May event, this year the Rome Masters takes place from 14-21 September and is marked by the return to action of world no. 2 Rafael Nadal, looking for his tenth title in Rome as well as aiming to find his game after a six-month absence and ahead of his quest for a thirteenth French Open crown.

US Open semi/finalists Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev have pulled out, but those who made an earlier exit from New York than they wanted are in the field, including four-time Rome champion Novak Djokovic, Greece’s Tsitsipas and home favourite Berrettini.

How to watch the Rome Masters

Rome Masters matches are streamed live alongside odds and in-play betting at bet365.

1. Click here to go to bet365
2. Sign in or open an account and deposit £5 or more
3. Go to tennis > Rome Masters

*Geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify

ATP Rome Draw Analysis

Novak Djokovic is looking for his fifth title at the Rome Masters (Foto Antonietta Baldassarre / Insidefoto/Sipa USA)

Top Quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Novak Djokovic (1) vs Gael Monfils (5)
No longer unbeaten in 2020, although still yet to lose a completed match, world no. 1 Djokovic takes the court in Rome surely still reeling from his shock US Open disqualification after accidentally striking a linesperson in the throat with a ball.

Djokovic has to look to the future, however, and he has an amazing record in Rome: Although the most recent of his fourth titles came in 2015, he has reached the final three times in subsequent years and the semifinal once. With a 50-9 record at the Foro Italico, Djokovic could face Felix Auger-Aliassime, who has made two ATP Tour finals on clay, in the third round; Auger-Aliassime has a first-round clash with the in-form Filip Krajinovic to contend with, and Kyle Edmund, who has beaten Djokovic on clay once before, is also in this section.

Gael Monfils makes his return to competition as Djokovic’s projected quarterfinal opponent, but could face US Open quarterfinalist Alex de Minaur in the second round, while all eyes will be on a potential second-round clash between Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori with the winner to face Monfils or de Minaur in the third round.

Predicted semifinalist: Djokovic

Second Quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Matteo Berrettini (4) vs David Goffin (6)
Berrettini and Goffin both fell in the round of 16 in New York, so will not have had long to practice on clay. Fourth seed Berrettini will be the focus of home hopes, having made the round of 16 in Rome last year, but could have a tough second-round opener against big-serving Jan-Lennard Struff; the winner of that one is projected to face Cristian Garin, who beat Berrettini in the Munich final last year, in the third round. Garin opens against Borna Coric, a US Open quarterfinalist who might be pressed to recover enough to challenge for that one.

David Goffin could face Marin Cilic, struggling for form but always dangerous, after a first-round bye; Karen Khachanov, who plays some of his best tennis on clay, could await in the third although he has a tough opener against rising Norwegian Casper Ruud.

Predicted semifinalist: Garin

Third quarter

Sefanos Tsitsipas was a Rome Masters semifinalist in 2019 (Photo Andrea Staccioli / Insidefoto/Sipa USA)

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Fabio Fognini (7) vs Stefanos Tsitsipas (3)
Fognini, who lost to a Swiss qualifier ranked outside the top 300 when he made his return to competition in Kitzbuhel, comes in on a four-match losing streak stretching back to the Australian Open. One of the finest clay-courters on the ATP, who won a Masters 1000 Series on clay in Monte Carlo in 2019, Fognini has made one quarterfinal in 13 Rome appearances. He has a book to promote, though, and his draw isn’t awful: Kevin Anderson or Ugo Humbert in the second round, Denis Shapovalov possibly in the third; Guido Pella might be the only lurking threat.

Stefanos Tsitsipas is trying to rebound from letting six match points slip against Coric at the US Open. A semifinalist in Rome last year, Tsitsipas could face Italy’s youthful rising star Jannik Sinner in the second round and Grigor Dimitrov or perhaps Miomir Kecmanovic, a finalist in Kitzbuhel this week, in the third round.

Predicted semifinalist: Tsitsipas

Fourth quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Diego Schwartzman (8) vs Rafael Nadal (2)
Argentina’s Schwartzman has been on poor form lately, 2-3 on his return to competition, so there could be some opportunity in this section; Andrey Rublev, who is 19-5 and fresh from a quarterfinal run at the US Open, could take advantage, with Dan Evans or Hubert Hurkacz – neither playing particularly well right now – his potential second-round opponents.

This quarter though is all about Rafa. Playing for the first time since winning Acapulco in February, Nadal has a 61-6 record in Rome and is on a ten-match winning streak there after winning his eighth and ninth titles at the Foro Italico in 2018-19. The physical demands of adjusting back to matches is the big question mark for Nadal, and he certainly hasn’t been given an easy opening opponent; he’ll be up against US Open semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta, given a performance bye into the second round, unless Carreno Busta withdraws.
Milos Raonic – not a natural clay-courter – or Dusan Lajovic, a runner-up at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in 2019 but not playing well at the moment, could await in the third round; a very manageable draw for Nadal.

Semifinalist: Nadal

ATP Rome Masters Prediction

Semifinals:

Djokovic d. Garin
Nadal d. Tsitsipas

Final:

Djokovic d. Nadal

Novak Djokovic has been defaulted from the US Open after striking a ball which hit a linesjudge.

World no. 1 Novak Djokovic was trailing 5-6 in the first set of his fourth-round match with Pablo Carreno Busta, and had just dropped serve to the Spanish player.

In irritation, Djokovic took a ball out of his pocket and struck it behind him without looking.

The ball struck a linesjudge in the throat. She fell to the ground, her panicked gasps clearly audible.

Djokovic quickly crossed to the lineswoman to see if she was all right, and after a few minutes on the ground, she stood up and left the court.

The world no. 1 had a lengthy discussion with officials at the net, and was heard pleading his case, arguing that the lineswoman had not been hurt that badly.

But it was to no avail – Djokovic was defaulted and left the court.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion did not speak to the media, opting instead to leave the US Open complex in Flushing Meadows immediately.

Djokovic had previously struck a ball in anger earlier in the set, but did not hit anybody.

The USTA issued a statement, reading:

‘In accordance with the Grand Slam rulebook, following his actions of intentionally hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with negligent disregard of the consequences, the US Open tournament referee defaulted Novak Djokovic from the 2020 US Open.’

The Grand Slam rules read:

‘Players shall not at any time physically abuse any official, opponent, spectator or other person within the precincts of the tournament site.

‘The referee, in consultation with the Grand Slam chief of supervisors may declare a default for either a single violation of this code.’

Djokovic will forfeit all ranking points and prize money earned at the US Open, but that is not likely to bother him; in accordance with the ATP Tour’s revised ranking system, he will retain his fourth-round points from the 2019 US Open until the 2021 tournament.

The sting is far more likely to reside in the fact that his own actions have denied him the chance to claim a fourth US Open title at a tournament at which he was the overwhelming favourite.

With Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer not playing, and Andy Murray and Marin Cilic both knocked out before the fourth round, Djokovic was the only Grand Slam champion remaining in the men’s draw.

Now there will be a new men’s Grand Slam champion among the players left in the draw.

Alexander Zverev had reached the quarterfinals earlier that day. The 2019 runner-up Daniil Medvedev and Australian Open finalist Dominic Thiem, who are in the other half of the draw, will also be among the favourites.

Novak Djokovic looks set to reach the 46th Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career as he takes on Pablo Carreno Busta in the fourth round of the US Open on Sunday.

Djokovic vs Carreno Busta is live from New York on Sunday 6 September, 2pm local/7pm BST

You don’t have to go very far back in the records to find the last time Novak Djokovic failed to make the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam – it happened at this very tournament 12 months ago, when Djokovic struggled and eventually retired when trailing Stan Wawrinka 4-6, 5-7, 1-2.

US Open 2020: Tournament information, schedules, latest news and live streaming information for the resilient Grand Slam in New York

But there’s absolutely nothing to indicate that history will repeat itself. A year on, Djokovic is not only 26-0 in 2020 and much better rested after (albeit involuntarily) taking the best part of six months off; he has a 3-0 record vs his fourth-round opponent Pablo Carreno Busta.

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

How to watch Djokovic vs Carreno Busta live

US Open matches including Novak Djokovic vs Pablo Carreno Busta are streamed live alongside odds and in-play betting at bet365.

1. Click here to go to bet365
2. Sign in or open an account and deposit £5 or more
3. Go to tennis > US Open > Djokovic vs Carreno Busta

*Geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify

Djokovic vs Carreno Busta: Head-to-head

Novak Djokovic leads the head-to-head with Pablo Carreno Busta 3-0. Carreno Busta has won only one of the seven sets they have played, and that came on clay at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in 2017.

They last played at the Cincinnati Masters in 2019, when Djokovic won 6-3, 6-4.

Djokovic vs Carreno Busta: Preview

Djokovic continues to go from strength to strength in 2020, despite everything he has to deal with off the court. Having lost the first set to Kyle Edmund in the second round, Djokovic picked up where he left off when he finished strongly against the British player, defeating Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-6, 6-1 in 102 minutes. Djokovic served four aces, won 80% of points played behind his first serve and 17 of the 30 played on his second serve and saved all four break points he faced while breaking Struff on five of the 11 opportunities he created (no mean feat against a player with Struff’s serve).

US Open Predictions and Betting Tips: Outright winner tips for men’s & women’s singles at the 2020 US Open

It felt like an even better performance than the one he produced to beat Struff in the ‘Cincinnati’ quarterfinals just over a week ago, and everything seems to be clicking into place on the court as Djokovic pursues that fourth US Open title.

If there is going to be a serious challenge to the top seed’s US Open campaign, it would be a huge shock if it came from Pablo Carreno Busta.

Pablo Carreno Busta is a former US Open semifinalist (PA Images)

The Spaniard was one of the more unlikely US Open semifinalists of recent times when he beat 29th seed Diego Schwartzman and four unseeded players, three of them ranked outside the top 100, to make the final four in New York in 2017; to be fair, he was also an Indian Wells semifinalist the same year and went on to break into the world’s top 10.

Carreno Busta has not been past the third round of the US Open since, or reached another Grand Slam quarterfinal, but he has been to the last 16 at the Australian Open two years in a row and picked up his fourth ATP Tour title in Chengdu in 2019. His best result of 2020 so far was reaching the semifinals of Rotterdam in February, beating Roberto Bautista Agut there, but wins over top-10 players continue to be rare for the Spaniard: He is 4-30 vs top-10 players, and 1-18 against them on hard courts.

In their first meeting, Djokovic allowed Carreno Busta just one game; their most recent match was a more respectable 6-3, 6-4 scoreline, but in the Serb’s favour, naturally, and it does strain credulity to try to think of Carreno Busta winning this one. He tracks down a lot of balls and makes his opponents hit a lot, but so does Djokovic, and Djokovic combines that with offensive weapons which can end points, not Carreno Busta’s strong point. The Spaniard can’t hit through Djokovic, and he can’t outlast him off the ground, and all in all that makes a match which Djokovic can be expected to cruise through.

Djokovic vs Carreno Busta: Prediction

Novak Djokovic crushed Jan-Lennard Struff in ‘Cincinnati’ last week – can the German make it more challenging for the top seed at the US Open?

Djokovic vs Struff is live from New York on Friday 4 September, time TBC

Three-time champion Novak Djokovic dropped his first set of the US Open against Kyle Edmund on Wednesday, but finished the match strongly and the way he rose above that challenge will only underline his status as overwhelming favourite to win this major.

US Open 2020: Tournament information, schedules, latest news and live streaming information for the resilient Grand Slam in New York

Big-serving Jan-Lennard Struff has been playing some of the best tennis of his career over the past 18 months and took a set from Djokovic at the Australian Open in January, but is 0-4 overall against the Serb.

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

How to watch Djokovic vs Struff live

US Open matches including Novak Djokovic vs Jan-Lennard Struff are streamed live alongside odds and in-play betting at bet365.

1. Click here to go to bet365
2. Sign in or open an account and deposit £5 or more
3. Go to tennis > US Open > Djokovic vs Struff

*Geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify

Djokovic vs Struff: Head-to-head

Djokovic is 4-0 against Struff, and 11-10 in sets. Struff won the third set when the two faced off in the first round of the Australian Open in January, but otherwise his matches against Djokovic have been one-sided.

Djokovic beat Struff 6-3, 6-1 when they met at the ‘Cincinnati’-New York Masters just over a week ago.

Djokovic vs Struff: Preview

Novak Djokovic may have dropped a set against Kyle Edmund in his second-round clash at the US Open, but don’t let that deceive you into thinking he’s any less the favourite for the title; the last five Grand Slams Djokovic has won have seen him drop a set at some point during the first three rounds.

It was Edmund who took that set at Wimbledon two years ago, and their clash on Wednesday followed much the same pattern: The British player played an excellent first set, getting every ounce possible out of his big serve and heavy forehand, but was unable to maintain that kind of accuracy and intensity for more than a set and Djokovic smoothly took control from early in the second set onwards. Each set became less competitive until Djokovic wrapped things up after three hours and 17 minutes, having struck 16 aces for three double faults, hit 52 winners for 34 unforced errors and won 75% of his service points overall during the 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory.

US Open Predictions and Betting Tips: Outright winner tips for men’s & women’s singles at the 2020 US Open

All in all Djokovic has to be feeling pretty good about how his US Open campaign is professing. The neck pain and stomach issues which affected him at the ‘Cincinnati’-New York Masters – but did not stop him from winning it – seem to be in the past, and the adjustment back to best-of-five sets tennis so shortly after ending a six-month spell off the court looks to be progressing about as smoothly as could possibly have been expected.

Jan-Lennard Struff (PA Images)

If there is to be a bump in the road, I’m not sure it’s going to be Jan-Lennard Struff in the third round. Struff is at a career-high ranking of world no. 29 right now, reflecting the career-best tennis he’s played over the past 18 months, capped by reaching the quarterfinals in ‘Cincinnati’ last week courtesy of wins over Alex de Minaur, Denis Shapovalov and David Goffin. The big-serving German has won six of the 14 matches he’s played against top-10 players in the past 18 months, but he hasn’t come close to beating Djokovic in any of their four previous meetings. A player with a big serve which Djokovic nevertheless has no particular trouble neutralising, being the exceptional returner that he is, and who isn’t built for long rallies is not going to beat Djokovic. Over the course of three sets, you would expect Struff to get more than three games in a set, which he didn’t manage last week; but the outcome certainly looks like a straightforward victory for Djokovic.

Djokovic vs Struff: Prediction

Now 24-0 in 2020, US Open favourite Novak Djokovic takes on Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund in the second round on Wednesday.

Djokovic vs Edmund is live from New York on Wednesday 2 September, time TBC

Despite the quick turnaround from the ‘Cincinnati’ Masters to the US Open, top seed Novak Djokovic made short work of Damir Dzumhur to open his quest for a fourth major title in New York.

US Open 2020: Tournament information, schedules, latest news and live streaming information for the resilient Grand Slam in New York

Next up for the Serb, he takes on Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund – a former Grand Slam semifinalist with a powerful forehand, who’s beaten Djokovic before but never taken a set from him on hard courts.

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

How to watch Djokovic vs Edmund live

US Open matches including Novak Djokovic vs Kyle Edmund are streamed live alongside odds and in-play betting at bet365.

1. Click here to go to bet365
2. Sign in or open an account and deposit £5 or more
3. Go to tennis > US Open > Djokovic vs Edmund

*Geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify

Djokovic vs Edmund: Head-to-head

Djokovic leads the head-to-head against Edmund 5-1, and has won all of their hard-court meetings in straight sets, including one at the US Open in 2016 which Djokovic won 6-2, 6-1, 6-4.

Edmund’s solitary victory came on clay at the Madrid Masters in 2018.

Djokovic vs Edmund: Preview

Djokovic is, quite obviously, the overwhelming favourite coming into this clash. Not only is he unbeaten in 2020, not to mention a three-time US Open champion, but Djokovic was in total control of his first-round match in New York despite the tight turnaround between the gruelling end of his Western & Southern Open campaign and the opener against Damir Dzumhur.

Against Dzumhur, Djokovic took the first set 6-1 in 24 minutes, and although things got a little more complicated in the second set – Djokovic surrendered an early break to be pegged back on serve for 2-2, then had to save three break points at 3-3 before failing to convert six break points at 3-4 – it was a fairly classic early-round match for Djokovic at a Grand Slam. The world no. 1 has perfected the art of playing well enough to get through in straight sets, conserving as much energy as possible, but not pushing himself too hard to play perfectly.

US Open Predictions and Betting Tips: Outright winner tips for men’s & women’s singles at the 2020 US Open

Although he had his slight lapses in the second set, he never really got anywhere near losing it, and dominated the third set almost as completely as he had done the first for a 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 win in an hour and 58 minutes.

Having remained unbeaten in both 2020 and US Open first-round matches, Djokovic’s next task should be a bit more challenging, if only because Kyle Edmund has two big weapons: A kick serve, and a powerful heavy forehand.

Kyle Edmund has never taken a set from Novak Djokovic on a hard court (PA Images)

The combination of those two shots has got Edmund to a surprise Grand Slam semifinal before, at the Australian Open in 2014, and a career-high ranking of world no. 14 the same year. Injury played its part in a slide down the rankings through 2019, but the British player made a bright start to 2020, claiming his second career ATP title on indoor hard courts in New York and reaching quarterfinals in Auckland and Acapulco.

Edmund, who featured in both Battle of the Brits exhibition events organised by Jamie Murray during the shutdown, lost in three sets to Kevin Anderson at last week’s Western & Southern Open but had a decent win over Alexander Bublik in four sets in the first round at the US Open. Djokovic couldn’t be a more different opponent than Bublik, however.

Edmund has never taken a set from Djokovic on hard courts, and won only a handful of games in their previous US Open meeting, although that was a long time ago. The combination of Edmund’s serve and forehand can generally get him a set, if he plays very well, against Djokovic, but it’s very nearly impossible for Edmund to hit with enough accuracy and power for enough of a match – particularly a best-of-five sets match – to get the win. Edmund’s solitary win over Djokovic not only came on clay, but during a poor run of form for the Serb following elbow surgery. The only way to find any value on this match is to back it to be extremely short or surprisingly long, and the former seems more likely.

Djokovic vs Edmund: Prediction

Still unbeaten in 2020, Novak Djokovic opens his quest for a fourth US Open title against Damir Dzumhur on Monday.

Djokovic vs Dzumhur is live from New York on Monday 31 August, 7pm local/12am BST

The honour of the first night session on Arthur Ashe Stadium goes to top seed Novak Djokovic, but it with stands empty of fans as the US Open is played behind closed doors for the first time, it won’t be a night session as we know it.

US Open 2020: Tournament information, schedules, latest news and live streaming information for the resilient Grand Slam in New York

Djokovic, however, has already proved his resilience to these changed conditions with his title run at the Masters 1000 Series tournament usually held in Cincinnati, triumphing on the Louis Armstrong Court over Milos Raonic in Saturday’s final. Now 23-0 this year, Djokovic should have little trouble against Damir Dzumhur.

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

How to watch Djokovic vs Dzumhur live

US Open matches including Novak Djokovic vs Damir Dzumhur are streamed live alongside odds and in-play betting at bet365.

1. Click here to go to bet365
2. Sign in or open an account and deposit £5 or more
3. Go to tennis > US Open > Djokovic vs Dzumhur

*Geo-restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify

Djokovic vs Dzumhur: Head-to-head

This will be the third match between Djokovic and Dzumhur. Dzumhur retired trailing Djokovic 1-6, 1-2 at the Paris Masters in the autumn of 2018, and they met again in Doha the following January when Djokovic won 6-1, 6-2.

Damir Dzumhur has lost his last 10 matches vs top-10 players (PA Images)

Djokovic vs Dzumhur: Preview

It’s been quite the week for Djokovic. Not only did he capture his 35th Masters 1000 Series title under the most unusual of conditions, coming back from a set down twice and having to deal with physical issues to do so, but he’s at the forefront of what might be the biggest political upheaval tennis has seen in decades: The formation of the men-only Professional Tennis Players’ Association, which has hardly been welcomed by open arms by authorities.

Djokovic, who resigned his player’s council position as a result of his role in forming the PTPA, is understood to have been aggrieved by the ATP’s failure to consult any of the players about the decision to ‘pause’ the tournament for 24 hours in response to Naomi Osaka’s stand on racist police violence. The postponement of the semifinals from Thursday to Friday certainly shrunk the time for Djokovic to recover between the ‘Cincinnati’ final and his first round at the US Open, and it won’t have helped that the semifinal match against Roberto Bautista Agut turned out to be enormously taxing: A three-hour slugfest during which Djokovic appeared to having both stomach problems and neck pain, and in which he eventually prevailed with a flawless third-set tie-break.

The world no. 1 was advised by the medical staff not to speak to the media after that match, but he bounced back strongly on Saturday to beat Milos Raonic 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 and enters the US Open with a 23-0 record in 2020 and as the overwhelming favourite.

Three-time champion Djokovic suffered his earliest exit for 11 years at last year’s US Open when he retired against Stan Wawrinka in the round of 16, but he is 14-0 in first-round matches at the US Open and that streak appears at small risk of ending. Djokovic hasn’t lost in the first round of any major since 2006, and he probably won’t start against Damir Dzumhur.

Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Dzumhur was a top-25 player in 2018 when he captured three ATP Tour titles – Moscow, St Petersburg and Antalya – within a 12-month span, and he made the third round of the US Open in 2017 before losing to Andrey Rublev, a result he’s matched at the Australian and French Opens twice. Dzumhur comes into this year’s US Open ranked world no. 107 and with an 8-8 record in 2020, although none of those wins were at main-draw ATP Tour level; he lost in the first round of qualifying for the Western & Southern Open to Dennis Novak last week.

None of this bodes terribly well for his first-round clash with Djokovic. Dzumhur has beaten top-10 players before, although he has lost his last ten clashes at that level; he took a set from Roger Federer in the second round of last year’s US Open. But Djokovic is not a good match-up for him (is he a good match-up for anybody?). A listless, low-energy Djokovic might drop a set to Dzumhur – but it’s extremely unlikely. A much more probable outcome is an efficient straight-sets win for Djokovic.

Djokovic vs Dzumhur: Prediction