Top seed Novak Djokovic begins his French Open campaign against Mikael Ymer of Sweden with the match expected to be played on Tuesday, September 29. The match starts at around 3 pm local time (2 pm BST or 9 am Eastern Time). Looking for the live streaming options of this Novak Djokovic v Mikael Ymer match along with its preview, head to head, and tips? Here’s more.
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Novak Djokovic v Mikael Ymer Head to Head
This will be the first time when the World No. 1 Serb plays the Swede, ranked 80th in the world.
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Djokovic Looking Unstoppable
He may have failed to reach the final of the French Open in his past three attempts and only one of his 17 Grand Slam titles may have come at Roland Garros, yet Novak Djokovic comes into the tournament as one of the favourites each year and this year is no different.
The World No. 1 heads to Paris with a 31-1 win-loss record this year that has seen him capture four titles, including the Australian Open.
That record could have been blemish-free had he controlled his emotions in the US Open Round of 16 clash against Pablo Carreno Busta and not smashed the ball in anger which inadvertently struck a line judge on the throat and led to him being defaulted from the match.
Djokovic, who apologized for the incident later, enters French Open in top form, having captured a record breaking 36th Masters 1000 title at the Italian Open last week, where he beat plucky Argentine David Schwartzmann 7-5, 6-3 in the final.
Finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal twice (2012 and 2014) and Stan Wawrinka once (in 2015), Djokovic finally broke the Roland Garros hoodoo and completed a career Grand Slam by capturing the French Open title in 2016 after he beat Andy Murray in the final.
Since then, Djokovic has struggled on the clay courts of Paris, being outplayed by Dominic Thiem in straight sets in the 2017 quarterfinal, shocked by Italian Marco Cecchinato in 4 sets in the quarters in 2018 and again falling to Thiem in a thrilling five-set semifinal last year.
This year he shouldn’t face much of a problem reaching the quarterfinals, where he could be up against another Italian Matteo Berrettini. Being in the top half of the draw he could be facing Daniil Medvedev or Stefanos Tsitsipas in a potential semifinal.
But first up will be an unheralded opponent, who the Serb will want to defeat easily to get off to a good start in the tournament.
Ymer Has a Mountain To Climb
The 2015 Boy’s runner-up at Wimbledon Championships, Mikael Ymer will be in the main draw of the French Open for the second time in his career. In 2018, the 24-year-old right-hander won three qualifiers to make the main draw for the first time, where he won his first match against Dudi Sela in straight sets but was ousted in the second round by Alexander Zverev.
This year at the Australian Open, Ymer defeated Japan’s Yasutaka Uchiyama in straight sets and then stretched Karen Khachanov to the hilt, before falling in five sets.
At the U.S. Open, Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic sent the Swede packing in the first round.
Ymer comes into the tournament with a 6-6 win-loss record this year. He faces a massive challenge in the first round of the French Open and getting a set off the World No. 1 would be seen as a huge accomplishment for the 24-year-old.
Djokovic v Ymer Prediction and Tip
Expect a lopsided contest, with Djokovic beating the Swede without breaking a sweat. Straight-set win for Novak.
Tip: Djokovic to win in straight sets: 2/9 (bet365)