World No. 1 Novak Djokovic begins his quest for a fourth US Open title when he takes on Damir Dzumhur in the opening round on Monday (Tuesday AEST).
Novak Djokovic vs Damir Dzumhur free US Open tips, predictions and preview – Djokovic has never lost in the opening round of the US Open…
Djokovic vs Dzumhur Tips
Djokovic vs Dzumhur Match Details
?? Competition: US Open R1
? Date: 31/8/20 (1/9/20 AEST)
⏰ Time: 9.00am AEST (7.00pm local time in New York)
? Stadium: Arthur Ashe
Djokovic vs Dzumhur Head to Head
Djokovic has won both previous meetings in straight sets, although Dzumhur retired in one of them.
- 2019 | Doha R32 | Djokovic 6-1 6-2
- 2018 | Paris Masters R16 | Djokovic 6-1 2-1 RET
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Djokovic vs Dzumhur Preview and Prediction
Djokovic arrives at the US Open as the overwhelming favourite to win an 18th Grand Slam title, with his biggest rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer absent from New York this season.
It’s tough to see anyone getting the better of Djokovic over the next fortnight, but the Serbian hasn’t exactly had the ideal preparations heading into the tournament, battling a neck injury and stomach problems in winning the Cincinnati Masters, while he’s also leading an insanely complicated political upheaval within tennis that is dividing authorities and players alike.
In saying that, Djokovic has never had trouble in putting off-court issues to the side before and I don’t expect that to distract him, while it remains to be seen how he recovers physically from draining three-set victories over Milos Raonic and Roberto Bautista Agut in the semi-finals and final of Cincinnati over the weekend.
There is a slight chance Djokovic will start his US Open campaign slowly as a result, but the World No. 1 is a master of recovery and I think he’ll be near full fitness again come Monday night.
Dzumhur is the unlucky man that was drawn to confront Djokovic in the opening round and he doesn’t really have the weapons to do any long-lasting damage to the top seed.
A former top 25 player back in 2018, Dzumhur has slipped outside the world’s top 100 and doesn’t own a win at ATP level this season, while he also lost in the first round of Cincinnati qualifying to Dennis Novak last week.
A counterpuncher and retriever from the baseline, Dzumhur doesn’t have the style to force Djokovic into uncomfortable positions and he will have to be incredibly aggressive to even snatch a set.
Djokovic is 23-0 in 2020 and hasn’t dropped more than two games in a set to Dzumhur in their previous two meetings. It might not be a complete whitewash like their other matches due to Djokovic’s short recovery period from Cincinnati, but en easy opening round victory for the World No. 1 nevertheless awaits on Monday night.
Djokovic vs Dzumhur Stats
- Djokovic is 23-0 in 2020
- Djokovic has never lost in R1 of the US Open
- Djokovic is 72-11 at the US Open
- Dzumhur is 4-6 at the US Open
- Dzumhur has lost in R1 in three of his six US Open appearances
- Djokovic has won both their previous meetings without losing more than two games in a set
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