Djokovic v Berrettini live stream and preview | Wimbledon 2021 Final

Novak Djokovic will be looking for his 6th Wimbledon title when he takes on Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in the final of the Wimbledon 2021.

Novak Djokovic is currently on a 20-match winning streak here at Wimbledon, having won the previous two titles. This year at Wimbledon, Nole has dropped just one set in six matches, which was against wildcard Jack Draper in the opening round.

The Serb had one of the easiest routes to the finals of a Grand Slam, with four of his opponents being ranked outside the top 40. He is now one victory away to secure a third consecutive win in the Grand Slam finals, after recently lifting the trophy at the Australian Open over Medvedev and French Open against Tsitsipas.

Meanwhile, Matteo Berrettini has been considered one of the favorites to win Wimbledon since the start of the tournament. The Italian is currently on an 11-match winning streak on grass after recently winning the title in Queen’s.

After dropping a set against Guido Pella in the opening round of this Wimbledon, Matteo stormed into the quarterfinals by beating the likes of Van De Zandschulp, Bedene, and Ivashka in straight sets. He then got two four-set victories over Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz to set up this final against Nole.

Over 3.5 Sets at odds of 19/25 with Bet365 looks to be on the cards here after the most recent meeting between these two at the French Open which ended in four sets.

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Novak Djokovic is through to his seventh Wimbledon final after beating a stubborn Denis Shapovalov in straight sets 7-6, 7-5, 7-5 on Friday.

The five-time champion is now one victory away from a third successive title at SW19, while he would also move level with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 Grand Slams.

Djokovic was taken the distance in all three sets by Shapovalov, who had not been past the second round at the All England Club prior to this fortnight.

But the 22-year-old was unable to capitalise when it truly mattered – winning just one of 11 break points – enabling the Serb to book his place in a Slam final for a 30th time.

Djokovic was seeking a 16th win from his last 17 appearances in a Slam semi-final, as well as a 101st ATP success on grass.

By contrast, this was only Shapovalov’s 10th match at Wimbledon following a run that brought a five-set victory over Karen Khachanov in the last eight and straight-sets win against two-time champion Andy Murray.

And the Canadian was unfazed on Centre Court, with a break in game three culminating in him serving for the opening set at 5-4 up.

But he was unable to convert from 30-30 and Djokovic capitalised on the let-off, eventually prevailing 7-3 in the tie-break.

Shapovalov stayed with the top seed in the following two sets, but was made to rue his failure to see out break points.

On both occasions, Djokovic ruthlessly took his opportunities in game 11 to move to within another victory of a third successive Wimbledon crown.

Standing in his way is Matteo Berrettini, who became the first Italian Grand Slam finalist in 45 years after beating Hubert Hurkacz in four sets 6-3, 6-0, 6-7, 6-4.

The Queen’s Club champion is aiming to become the eighth player to follow up that triumph by going all the way here three weeks later.

And the seventh seed dominated the opening two sets – reeling off 11 consecutive games along the way – to take control of proceedings.

Hurkacz, who edged out second seed Daniil Medvedev before ruthlessly demolishing eight-time champion Federer in straight sets, was struggling to settle as he became the first Pole to appear in a semi-final here since Jerzy Janowicz eight years ago.

But roared on by the Centre Court crowd, he stuck in there and reduced the deficit in a tense tie-break.

Nevertheless Berrettini, who has now won a whopping 151 of his 158 service games on grass this year, broke in the opening game of the fourth set.

And the big-serving Italian subsequently held out to become the first player from his nation to reach the SW19 showpiece after another display of tremendous power, which brought 60 winners and 22 aces along the way.

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Wimbledon 2021 Results

Friday July 9

Semi-Finals

CENTRE COURT
Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-0, 6-7, 6-4 Hubert Hurkacz
Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-5, 7-5 Denis Shapovalov

Novak Djokovic will be looking for a 17th consecutive win when he takes on Denis Shapovalov in the Semi-Finals of Wimbledon 2021 on Friday.

Since losing his first set of this Wimbledon campaign at the hands of Jack Draper last Monday, Djokovic has played 15 sets and did well to win all of them.

He had no issues against Kevin Anderson, Denis Kudla, Cristian Garin, and Marton Fucsovics and this is probably one of the easiest routes he had in years.

Furthermore, the other three semi-finalists had won just seven main draw matches combined at Wimbledon until a week ago, while Djokovic has won 77 matches in his career.

Shapovalov played a five-set thriller against Kohlschreiber in the opening round and he had to do that again in the quarter-finals against Karen Khachanov.

This is Shapovalov’s best performance at Wimbledon by far as he previously won just one match in three visits. Furthermore, his record in Semi-Final matches makes for tough reading, having won just two of his 13 completed matches.

Djokovic has won all the previous seven meetings with Shapovalov across all surfaces. He had dropped just three sets in the process, so we fancy him to grab another 3-0 win here at the price of 4/6 with Bet365.

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British teenager Jack Draper takes on defending champion Novak Djokovic in the opening round of the Wimbledon 2021.

Draper was awarded qualifying wildcards at Wimbledon in 2018 and 2019, but this year he go a main draw wildcard. This means that Draper will make his Grand Slam main draw debut today after a decent performance in Queens a fortnight ago. Draper managed to beat Jannik Sinner and Bublik in the first two rounds in Queens before losing in straight sets against compatriot Cameron Noorie.

After his amazing performance in Paris, Djokovic is now closer than ever to leveling with Federer and Nadal in the Grand Slam race. He is entering Wimbledon without much preparation on the grass surface, although he did play some doubles matches in Mallorca last week. The Serb is currently on a 14–match winning streak in Wimbledon and has won five titles here in Wimbledon.

We fancy Novak to secure a comfortable victory, so we back the Under 27.5 Games at the price of 8/11 with Bet365.

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Novak Djokovic credited ‘phenomenal’ Rafael Nadal after one-sided defeat in the French Open final.

The 2020 French Open men’s singles final, which many expected to be a lengthy, four- or five-set affair, turned out to be one of Rafael Nadal’s most dominant victories over one of his biggest rivals.

Nadal claimed a thirteenth French Open title with a 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic which was so one-sided that many wondered whether Djokovic was physically compromised in some way.

But Djokovic denied the possibility, pointing to what he called a ‘phenomenal’ performance by Nadal.

‘I was fine. Everything was okay. I was ready for this match. It’s just that I was overplayed. I mean, I was beaten by a guy who was just perfect today,’ he said.

In the first two sets, Nadal hit 21 winners and just six unforced errors while breaking Djokovic five times.

Djokovic did serve very poorly, landing just 42% of first serves in the first set and winning only three of 11 points played behind his first serve. But the greatest returner in tennis couldn’t break Nadal for two and a half sets and only created three break point opportunities in the first two sets.

Nadal with the trophy (Aurelien Morissard / IP3)

It was a command performance by Nadal, the greatest male player that the French Open has ever known. Many games went to deuce at least once, but it was always Nadal who came up with the sensational winner down the line, or the perfect riposte to the Djokovic drop shot (a tactic which had been working for the world no. 1 throughout the tournament, but which yielded few dividends today against the foot-speed and feathery-light touch of Nadal).

The match only become truly competitive towards the end, when Djokovic responded to being broken at 3-3 by immediately breaking back. The Serbian player, who had been noticeably calm and subdued through the match up until that point, suddenly let loose with a roar of pure emotion, gesturing the crowd to get on their feet and support him.

This more fired-up Djokovic kept the set on serve for a few games, saving break point to do so at 4-5. He had 0-15 on Nadal’s serve in the next game, but Nadal reeled off four straight points to level, then broke Djokovic to love in the next game when Djokovic’s second serve shaded long. Nadal served the match out to love, sealing victory with an ace.

A gracious Djokovic speaks at the trophy ceremony (Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA)

The last match the two had played in a Grand Slam final had seen Djokovic comprehensively outplay Nadal for a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 victory at the Australian Open in 2019, but this was a complete turning of the tables, as Djokovic acknowledged.

During the trophy ceremony, he joked that Nadal had ‘shown why [he] was King of Clay – I have experienced it on my own skin.’

Speaking to the media, he said:

‘Certainly I could have played better, especially in the first two sets. But he did surprise me with the way he was playing, the quality of tennis he was producing, the level. I mean, he’s phenomenal. He played a perfect match, especially in the first two sets.’

Nadal’s 100th match win at Roland Garros also saw him tie Roger Federer’s all-time Grand Slam title record of 20, the pair of them leaving Djokovic some distance behind with 17.

Federer was quick to congratulate Nadal on social media:

 

 

But immediately after the match, Nadal was keen to emphasize that for him this victory was not about the records.

‘To win here means everything to me,’ he told post-match interviewer Fabrice Santoro through a branded mask on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

‘Is not the moment – honestly, not for me I don’t think today about the twentieth or [about] equal[ling] Roger on this great number, for me today is just a Roland Garros victory, no?

‘Roland Garros means everything for me.’

Nadal also found time for a heartfelt message to the world at large about dealing with the current health crisis, and was keen to put his achievement in winning a thirteenth French Open title in context.

‘I played at my highest level when I needed to play at my highest level, so […] I am very proud. The personal satisfaction is big because under the circumstances that we played this Roland Garros.’

Nadal also floated the possibility of ending his season after the victory and not playing the Nitto ATP Finals in November, saying that he would make a decision over the next few days after consulting with his team.

Can Novak Djokovic deny Rafael Nadal a thirteenth French Open title?

We break down the men’s singles draw, analyse the contenders and predict the semifinalists and champion as Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem lead the draw at the 2020 US Open.

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French Open 2020: Preview

No man has ever ruled the French Open, also known as Roland Garros, like 12-time champion Nadal, who has only ever lost two matches there.

But the 2020 French Open will be different – it’s being played in chilly, damp autumn instead of the sunshine and heat of June, and at best only limited spectators will be allowed, with players enclosed in a bio-security bubble.

Can Nadal adapt to these new conditions, and his own lack of match practice, or will one of his challengers wrest the Coupe des Mousquetaires from his grasp?

US Open Semifinals

Novak Djokovic (1) vs Stefanos Tsitsipas (5), 5pm local/4pm BST

World no. 1 Novak Djokovic faces Stefanos Tsitsipas, playing his second Grand Slam semifinal, as Djokovic attempts to reach the final of the French Open for the fifth time.

Djokovic comes into the match with physical concerns, having struggled in his quarterfinal against Pablo Carreno Busta. Djokovic took to the court with his neck taped and clearly suffering from pain and stiffness in his left arm. He dropped the first set to Carreno Busta – the first set he has lost in the tournament – but won 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 and said afterwards that the pain faded as his body warmed up.

Read full match analysis and get head-to-head stats and more on Djokovic vs Tsitsipas.

Tsitsipas, in contrast, looked just the right combination of relaxed and intense as he faced Andrey Rublev in what was not just the Greek’s first Grand Slam quarterfinal since his initial breakthrough semifinal run at the Australian Open in 2019, but a rematch of the Hamburg Open final which Tsitsipas had served for and then ended up losing a few weeks before. But a polished performance by Tsitsipas saw him claim his first win over Rublev in four attempts, his all-court game leaving the Russian looking one-dimensional and his backhand standing up to the Rublev forehand better than it has before.

Tsitsipas has beaten Djokovic before, but not on clay, and most crucially not over the best-of-five sets. Djokovic has obvious physical concerns, but even if he loses the first set against Tsitsipas, he’ll always be favoured to play his way into the match. You can’t say the same for Tsitsipas.

Rafael Nadal (2) vs Diego Schwartzman (12), 2.50pm local/1.50pm BST

Nadal has never won the French Open when he came in without winning a title on clay, although that stat is a little misleading – all bets are off in this strangest season, after all (though not literally). He has still only lost two matches at Roland Garros, and it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that although he played abysmally in losing to Schwartzman in Rome, the 12-time champion has had exactly the draw he needs to play himself in.

Nadal dropped only 23 games in reaching the quarterfinals, beating Egor Gerasimov, Mackenzie McDonald, Stefano Travaglia and young qualifier Sebastian Korda all without turning a hair, pretty much; and he’s adapted his game to the slower, colder conditions, flattening out the cross-court backhand in particular. His sternest test of the tournament came against 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner, who had eliminated David Goffin in the first round and Alexander Zverev in the fourth; Sinner served for the first set, had a break lead in the second, but still lost in straight sets, Nadal winning 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-1.

Read full match analysis and get live streaming information for Nadal vs Schwartzman.

Meanwhile, Diego Schwartzman earlier that day played for over five hours to knock out Dominic Thiem, in a match which was both a very impressive win – Thiem was looking for his fifth straight semifinal or better at the French Open – and also something of a missed opportunity for Schwartzman, who arguably could and should have won in straight sets.

If he had, he would have been at less of a physical disadvantage coming into the semifinal against Nadal, although both players do have two days to recover.

Schwartzman beat Nadal in Rome in straight sets, his first victory over the Spaniard in ten attempts. But it’s difficult to see him repeating the feat. Nadal served abysmally in Rome, and didn’t play well off the ground, while Schwartzman was inspired and aggressive. If Nadal plays even 20% better, Schwartzman will be forced back off the court and unable to dictate and the match will follow familiar patterns – the Argentine could come out and absolutely redline for a set and maybe take it, but will be unable to keep up the pressure over the best of five.

French Open 2020: Prediction

Semifinals:

Djokovic d. Tsitsipas
Nadal d. Schwartzman

Final:

Nadal d. Djokovic

Will Novak Djokovic become the first man to beat Rafael Nadal in a French Open final?

Djokovic vs Nadal is live from Roland Garros on Sunday 11 October, 3pm local/2pm BST

History is always on the line when Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic face each other, but perhaps never more so than Sunday’s French Open final. If Nadal wins, he will increase his haul of Roland Garros titles to 13 and tie Roger Federer’s all-time Grand Slam record of 20 titles. If Djokovic wins, he will be the first man to beat Nadal at the French Open twice, the only man to beat him in a Roland Garros final and the first man in Open Era history to win each Grand Slam at least twice, as well as narrowing the gap on Nadal and Federer in the all-time Grand Slam race.

French Open 2020: Find out tournament information for Roland Garros 2020 and how to stream French Open matches live

Nadal has yet to drop a set at this year’s French Open, and his supremacy on the courts of Roland Garros knows no equal – but in recent years, Djokovic has continued to turn the tide of their rivalry in his favour, winning seven of their last ten matches and leading the head-to-head 29-26.

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

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Djokovic vs Nadal: Head-to-head

Novak Djokovic leads the head-to-head with Rafael Nadal 29-26. On clay, however, Nadal has the advantage, leading 17-7. It’s been four years since Djokovic has beaten Nadal on clay.

At Grand Slams, Nadal leads the head-to-head 9-6, but Djokovic has won the last three. In Grand Slam finals, it’s 4-4.

Nadal won the first six matches they played against each other at Roland Garros but Djokovic won their last encounter in straight sets in the 2015 quarterfinals.

Djokovic vs Nadal: Preview

These two have played each other 55 times, so in one sense there will be no surprises when the two meet in Sunday’s French Open final – and yet, the outcome remains uncertain.

Djokovic took the ascendancy in the rivalry in the past decade, and has won 10 of the 13 matches they have played over the past five years, including his straight-sets victory over Nadal in the French Open quarterfinals in 2015. But they have only played on clay three times in the past three years. Each time, Nadal has been the winner.

The past fortnight has demonstrated once again just why Nadal is on the brink of winning his 13th French Open title. Unfavourable conditions, new balls he doesn’t like, an extreme lack of recent competitive matches – none of it has stopped him from reaching the final without dropping a single set. Against Diego Schwartzman in the semifinals, he won a 64-minute first set and survived a late charge from the Argentine. Perhaps most ominously, he is showing no signs of physical frailty or wear-and-tear.

Novak Djokovic (Photo by laurent Zabulon/ABACAPRESS.COM)

Djokovic palpably struggled with a left neck/shoulder/arm issue against Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarterfinals, but there was no tape on his neck nor any sign of being hindered when he faced Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals. The last thing he needed was a long match, though, and that’s what he got, finding himself taken to a fifth set despite holding match point in the third against a seemingly totally outplayed Tsitsipas. The Greek’s surge back to level the match had much more to do with him than it did with a drop in Djokovic’s level, but when Nadal was faced with a similar surge from Schwartzman, he contained it and got out of there in straight sets. Djokovic didn’t, or couldn’t, and it could be the difference in Sunday’s final – not just the fact that Nadal expended less energy, but that the Spanish player was able to find that extra gear when needed.

The trend of the rivalry in recent years has been in Djokovic’s direction, but they’ve met so infrequently in recent years – no more than twice a year for the past three years – and in such different conditions that it’s difficult to read too much into it. I thought coming into this tournament that Djokovic would win it. I’ve changed my mind.

Djokovic vs Nadal: Prediction

Can Stefanos Tsitsipas stop Novak Djokovic from reaching his fifth French Open final?

Djokovic vs Tsitsipas is live from Roland Garros on Friday 9 October, 5pm local/4pm BST

World no. 1 Novak Djokovic must contend with ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas – and his own physical issues – to reach the French Open final and fulfil his end of a probable date with destiny, also known as 12-time champion Rafael Nadal.

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Tsitsipas has beaten Djokovic twice, but the top seed will also be concerned with the neck and arm issues which troubled him during a quarterfinal victory over Pablo Carreno Busta which saw him drop his first set of the tournament.

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Djokovic vs Tsitsipas: Head-to-head

Novak Djokovic leads the head-to-head with Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-2, and has won their last two encounters in straight sets (6-1, 6-2 at the Paris Masters last year; 6-3, 6-4 in the Dubai final in February 2020).

Tsitsipas beat Djokovic in their first meeting at the Canada Masters in July 2018 and the Shanghai Masters in autumn 2019.

Djokovic is 1-0 vs Tsitsipas on clay, beating him 6-3, 6-4 at the Madrid Masters in May 2019.

Djokovic vs Tsitsipas: Preview

Novak Djokovic hit his first speed bump of his quest for a second French Open title on Wednesday when he faced Pablo Carreno Busta, the only player to have technically beaten him in 2020 (although Djokovic has still not lost a completed match this year, or to Carreno Busta, ever).

Djokovic dropped the first set to Carreno Busta 4-6 after having lost just 25 games in four matches at Roland Garros, and was clearly physically struggling at the start of the match. Carreno Busta questioned the validity of Djokovic calling the trainer after the first set, but the world no. 1 came on court with tape on his neck and was attempting to stretch out his left arm from the first point, cradling it during the first changeover and even whacking it with his racquet.

After the match, Djokovic didn’t want to go into too much detail about the issue but said that the pain faded away as his body warmed up – entirely plausible, especially given the unusually cold conditions this French Open is being played in, which Nadal has spoken out about.
Djokovic never looked entirely comfortable, but he played good enough tennis to beat Carreno Busta fairly easily, and that’s saying something, given the way that the Spaniard has been playing and competing recently.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (Photo by Laurent Zabulon/ABACAPRESS.COM)

How will he fare against Stefanos Tsitsipas? The Greek came into his quarterfinal clash with Andrey Rublev trailing 0-3 in the head-to-head and with plenty of psychological baggage – having failed to serve out the win against Rublev in the recent Hamburg Open final, for one thing; having had six match points against Borna Coric at the US Open and ending up losing, for another. He finished it having thoroughly outplayed Rublev for a 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 win, leaving the Russian looking completely out of ideas, and having done it all looking relaxed and playing within himself – he finished with 35 winners to 17 unforced errors, and having been broken just once.

It’s hard to imagine better preparation or a more confidence-boosting victory ahead of a semifinal clash with Djokovic, and Tsitsipas is incredibly comfortable on clay. With Djokovic potentially struggling with this physical issue, too, it’s hard to think of a better set-up for Tsitsipas to really take it to the world no. 1. And yet we’ve been here before with Djokovic, so many times. He knows – almost no one better – how to manage these matches, how to handle these opponents. If he’s in around the same physical condition as he seemed to be against Carreno Busta, I back him to win in a scratchy four.

Djokovic vs Tsitsipas: Prediction

Will a French Open rematch of the fateful US Open clash see Novak Djokovic beat Pablo Carreno Busta for a place in the semifinals?

Djokovic vs Carreno Busta is live from Roland Garros on Wednesday 7 October, 5pm local/4pm BST

Novak Djokovic has only technically lost to one player in 2020 – and it’s that player who stands between him and a tenth French Open semifinal appearance.

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It was Pablo Carreno Busta across the net when Djokovic vented his frustration and earned that now-infamous default in the fourth round of the US Open. The Spaniard has never beaten Djokovic in a completed match – nor has anybody else in 2020.

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Djokovic vs Carreno Busta: Head-to-head

Novak Djokovic leads the head-to-head with Pablo Carreno Busta 3-1. Carreno Busta’s solitary victory came when Djokovic was defaulted at the US Open when trailing 5-6 in the opening set.

On clay, Djokovic leads 2-0, beating Carreno Busta at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters in 2014 and 2017.

In completed matches, Djokovic has won six of seven sets against Carreno Busta.

Djokovic vs Carreno Busta: Preview

Novak Djokovic has lost more quarterfinals at the French Open than at any other Grand Slam – a grand total of four out of the 13 he has played – with defeats to Rafael Nadal, Jurgen Melzer, Marco Cecchinato and Dominic Thiem. Can Pablo Carreno Busta join that elite group?
Djokovic has yet to lose a set at the French Open this year, and he obviously has yet to lose a completed match in 2020 (or a completed match to Carreno Busta, for that matter). The question is whether he’s playing his best tennis, or if he’s yet to be meaningfully tested. I don’t think he has been playing his best, but I also think he hasn’t needed it (he didn’t play his best in Rome, either, and he still won the title).

It’s the Djokovic forehand which troubled him in New York and in Rome, and it’s the Djokovic forehand which Mikael Ymer, Ricardas Berankis, Daniel Elahi Galan and Karen Khachanov have, between them, been unable to put under sustained, meaningful scrutiny. Khachanov pushed Djokovic the most, especially in the first set, but just doesn’t have the consistency and relentlessness off the ground (or didn’t on Monday, anyway).

Pablo Carreno Busta (ChrysleneCaillaud/Panoramic)

Might Carreno Busta? The 29-year-old Spaniard has been playing some of the best tennis I’ve ever seen him play since the shutdown – better than when he was a top-10 player in 2017 (briefly). Now 10-3 since competition resumed, he did of course massively benefit from Djokovic’s default in the fourth round on his journey to the US Open semifinals, but it was his second time there, and he was playing very well against the Serb – whether he would have been able to sustain that level, and whether Djokovic would have found a way back, are open questions to which we will never know the answer.

I don’t see a win for Carreno Busta in this match. In the final analysis, the Spaniard’s game, while well-rounded, lacks those overwhelming offensive weapons which you need to end points against Djokovic, and he isn’t going to out-grind the Serb; who could? (Well, Rafael Nadal, but that’s another story.) This should be Djokovic’s toughest test so far, however, and he will have to raise his level. Expect Carreno Busta to make it a testing match.

Djokovic vs Carreno Busta: Prediction

Novak Djokovic has dropped just 15 games at the French Open so far – can Karen Khachanov make him work a little harder?

Djokovic vs Khachanov is live from Roland Garros on Monday 5 October, 3pm local/2pm BST

World no. 1 Novak Djokovic has lost to Karen Khachanov in Paris before – but not at Roland Garros, where the Serb is looking to make his fourteenth quarterfinal.

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Djokovic has cruised through the draw so far and is yet to lose a completed match in 2020, but Khachanov is the first seeded player he has faced at Roland Garros this year: Can the powerful Russian provide a stern test of Djokovic’s level?

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Djokovic vs Khachanov: Head-to-head

Novak Djokovic leads the head-to-head with Karen Khachanov 3-1. Khachanov’s sole win came in the final of the Paris Masters in 2018 when he beat Djokovic 6-2, 6-4.

They have never played on clay.

Djokovic vs Khachanov: Preview

It’s about time Novak Djokovic faced a tougher test at the French Open, after dropping five games each against Mikael Ymer, Ricardas Berankis and Colombian journeyman Daniel Elahi Galan. Will it come against Karen Khachanov, though?

This is the fourth straight year that Khachanov has reached the last 16 or better in Paris: He lost to Andy Murray in 2017, Alexander Zverev in 2018 and Dominic Thiem in last year’s quarterfinals, his maiden appearance in a Grand Slam quarterfinal thus far.

The Russian clearly has a good relationship with this place: His solitary Masters 1000 Series title also came in Paris, in 2018 when he defeated Zverev, Thiem and Djokovic on the way to the title.

That victory over Djokovic was the only one Khachanov has scored in four attempts, and indoor conditions certainly contributed to it, flattering the Russian’s big serve and booming forehand – something to keep in mind should they end up playing their match under the closed roof of Court Philippe-Chatrier, as many matches have been played recently. (Not that Djokovic plays poorly indoors – quite the contrary – but Khachanov needs all the help he can get in this one.)

22 September 2020, Hamburg: Tennis ATP Tour – German Open, singles, men, 1st round in the stadium at Rothenbaum. Hachanov (Russia) – Struff (Germany). Karen Chatschanow plays a forehand. Photo: Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa

That win for Khachanov snapped a 22-match winning streak for Djokovic which dated back to the Rogers Cup. Djokovic comes into this clash on a comparatively lowly eight-match winning streak, having claimed the Rome Masters title a few weeks ago, but the fact is that he hasn’t lost a completed match in 2020 – and thanks to the peculiar circumstances of this season, he isn’t at the end of a long one, like he was when he met Khachanov in 2018.

Khachanov hasn’t yet really kicked on from the promise he showed by winning that Masters 1000 Series title, becoming a more-or-less consistent top-20 player rather than one who threatens the top players on a regular basis. He is on a five-match losing streak against top-10 players, and those last two defeats have come at Djokovic’s hands, in straight sets. The scorelines? 3-6, 3-6, 2-6, 2-6.

The Russian plays some of his best tennis in Paris, but I’m not sure even his absolute best tennis would be enough to beat Djokovic over the best of five sets. At maximum, Khachanov might get a set by coming out, going for the lines and making absolutely everything for a set. But Djokovic will come through, and probably without too much difficulty.

Djokovic vs Khachanov: Prediction