Italian Open 2021: Novak Djokovic vs Taylor Fritz Preview, Head-To-Head, & Prediction

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Serbian Novak Djokovic and American Taylor Fritz will face each other for a third-round spot at the Italian Open 2021

Novak Djokovic vs Taylor Fritz: Preview

Djokovic has had a rollercoaster season so far. Serbian began the season during the Down Under summer series. Therein, he claimed his 9th title at the Australian Open

Afterwards, he withdrew from several tournaments due to maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Following nearly two months of hiatus, Djokovic resumed his tour at the Monte Carlo Masters, where he surprisingly fell in the round of 16 to British Dan Evans in straight sets. 

Taylor Fritz
Taylor Fritz

Later, the 18-time Grand Slam champion competed at the Serbia Open, where he was a title favourite, but Russian stalwart Aslan Karatsev defeated him before reaching the championship match.     

In the Italian Open 2021, Novak Djokovic was the top seed and will make an effort to regain his form before reaching Roland Garros.

On the other hand, Taylor Fritz has been playing his best since the beginning of the season. American had played two excellent five-setter matches at the Melbourne major, including a match against Novak Djokovic. 

Fritz then managed to reach the semifinals at the Qatar Open and Sardegna Open. Having suffered opening round defeats in Monte-Carlo and Madrid, the 23-year-old from California will try to leave a good impression on Rome’s clay courts.

Taylor has confirmed his second round place after beating British No.1 Dan Evans in straight sets(6-3, 6-2). 

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Novak Djokovic vs Taylor Fritz: Head-To-Head

Djokovic and Fritz have battled three-time in the ATP so far. Serbian leads American 3-0 in their head-to-head record. World No.1 ousted World No.31 twice on the red dirt in straight sets, but the last meeting at the Australian Open earlier this year went until five sets. 

Novak Djokovic vs Taylor Fritz: Prediction

According to his win-loss stats on the clay surface and against the opponent, Novak Djokovic is the favourite to win this match.

At the same time, Taylor Fritz will be ready to resist the progress of the defending champion with flawless services and solid groundstrokes.   

Match Prediction: Novak Djokovic to win in straight sets(2-0).

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Published : 5:51 PM, Mon, 10 May 2021

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