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Roland Garros: Novak Djokovic vs Mikael Ymer preview, head-to-head & prediction | French Open 2020 

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
Rupin Kale
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Modified 28 Sep 2020, 22:02 IST
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Fixture: Novak Djokovic vs Mikael Ymer 

Date: 29 September 2020

Tournament: Roland Garros 2020

Round: First round (Round of 128)

Venue: Paris, France

Category: Grand Slam

Surface: Red clay

Prize money: Approx. €38,000,000

Match timing: Approx. 3 pm CEST, 6.30 pm IST

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Also check out: The Complete French Open 2020


Novak Djokovic vs Mikael Ymer preview

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been in imperious form throughout 2020. Barring his shocking disqualification from the US Open, the Serb has not lost at a single tournament he's played in so far this year.

Djokovic has a win-loss record of 31-1 in 2020, and he comes into Roland Garros after lifting his fifth Rome Masters title last week. The 33-year-old now has the most Masters titles to his name, and his next aim will be getting to a double career Grand Slam in Paris.

Mikael Ymer, on the other hand, has had a difficult time over the last two weeks. He participated in the German and Italian Open, but failed to make it to the main draw at both tournaments.

While Ymer managed to qualify for the US Open, he was ousted in the first round by Djokovic's compatriot Filip Krajinovic. The World No. 80 has a win-loss record of 6-6 in 2020.

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Novak Djokovic vs Mikael Ymer head-to-head

Novak Djokovic and Mikael Ymer have never faced off on tour before. Their head-to-head currently stands at 0-0.

Novak Djokovic vs Mikael Ymer prediction

Soon after his disqualification from the US Open, Novak Djokovic spoke about wanting to get back on the court to put the incident behind him. He's done just that with his victory in Rome.

Can Novak Djokovic complete the double Career Grand Slam at the 2020 French Open?
Can Novak Djokovic complete the double Career Grand Slam at the 2020 French Open?

The Serb has been caught in a spate of off-court controversies over the last six months, and he will be hungry to make a statement by winning his second Grand Slam title of the year.

Djokovic's defensive and counter-punching approach suits the surface in Paris, especially given the slower and heavier conditions this year. His excellent returning ability and movement will also help him elongate the rallies and coax errors out of his opponents.

Djokovic has made it to the quarterfinals of the French Open every year since 2010. Needless to say, Mikael Ymer has his work cut out for him.

Prediction: Novak Djokovic to win in straight sets.

Published 28 Sep 2020, 15:46 IST
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