Novak Djokovic vs Aleksandar Kovacevic: World No.3 Novak Djokovic will face America’s Aleksandar Kovacevic in the first round of the 2023 French Open on Monday (May 29).
The Serb will enter the tournament on the back of a quarterfinal loss to Denmark’s Holger Rune at the 2023 Italian Open. Though the 36-year-old has lifted just two trophies (Adelaide International and the Australian Open) this year, since then, he hasn’t bagged a title in the next four tournaments he played. Those two trophies came on hard courts but on the red dirt, first, he faced a third-round exit in Monte Carlo, followed by losing the quarterfinal in Srpska Open. And in Italian Open, as mentioned, Rune knocked him out.
The 24-year-old Kovacevic, on the other hand, has lifted two titles, at the Challenger Waco and in Challenger Cleveland. He will be playing his first match in this tournament after his opening-round losses in Cagliari and Turin challengers. It will be his first appearance at the Roland Garros. Also Read: Breaking: Andy Murray Withdraws From French Open 2023
Novak Djokovic vs Aleksandar Kovacevic head-to-head record
The two haven’t met each other before so their head-to-head record is at 0-0.
Novak Djokovic vs Aleksandar Kovacevic prediction
It’s quite an easy pick here. Djokovic, not only enters the match as the favorite to win, but he is expected to lift his record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam. He has an 85-16 record at Roland Garros. At the same time, knowing the Serbs’ recent early round exits on clay dirt, this match will be perfect for him to prepare for the next stages against more dominant players. Kovacevic on the other hand, needless to say, will need to play extraordinary tennis to beat the two-time French Open winner.
Prediction: Djokovic in straight sets.
Novak Djokovic’s last three matches
- Italian Open 2023: Quarterfinals- Holger Rune beat Djokovic 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.
- Italian Open 2023: Round of 16- Djokovic beat Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-4.
- Italian Open 2023: Round of 32- Djokovic beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.
Aleksandar Kovacevic’s last three matches
- Challenger Turin, IT 2023: Round of 32- Gianluca Mager beat Kovacevic 6-1, 7-6.
- Italian Open 2023: Qualifiers- Stefano Napolitano beat Kovacevic 6-4, 6-3.
- Challenger Cagliari, IT: Round of 32- Taro Daniel beat Kovacevic 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.
Broadcast and Live Stream Details
- US – Tennis Channel
- UK – Tennis TV (live streaming)
- Australia – beIN Sports
- Canada – TSN
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