Serbian hope Nikola Milojevic plays Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene in the second round of the 2020 French Open. The match begins at 11 am local time (10 in the morning BST or 5 am Eastern Time) on Thursday, October 1. Get the live streaming options of this Nikola Milojevic v Aljaz Bedene match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Nikola Milojevic v Aljaz Bedene Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between the two players, Milojevic, ranked 144th in the world and the world number 56, Bedene.
Milojevic Hope to Try and Produce Another Surprise
Milojevic is yet to produce any kind of serious results on the ATP tour but has shown immense talent on the the lower circuit, having won two tournaments in the Challenger series and 12 Futures tournaments.
He is a part of Serbian Davis Cup but often considered as a backup member in case of inability of Serbian superstars, like Novak Djokovic, Dusan Lajovic or Filip Krajinovic
Interestingly, it was Krajinovic who he eliminated to make it to the second round, a shock loss given the latter’s world ranking of 29th and the fact he has shown solidity in form recently.
With this win, the currently 144th-ranked Milojevic can be expected to move closer to his career-best ranking of 137 but that might not be at the most forefront of his mind – how he can plot to make it two main draw wins in a row will be the question.
If he eliminates Bedene, he will have quite tough job against the fifth-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas.
However, this is already big success for the Belgrade-born player which didn’t manage to step through qualification rounds in the past, but this time, he did the unexpected.
Is Aljaz Bedene a Late Bloomer?
Aljaz Bedene is 31-year old Slovenian player who is yet to win an ATP-level tournament, but at a notch lower, on the Challenger circuit has 14 titles under his belt. Not to mention he is a four-time ATP 250 runner-up.
What’s most relevant there is two of those four finals came on clay, and over the last couple of years he has registered wins over Kevin Anderson while he was seventh on ATP Rankings, and the sixth ranked player Tsitsipas this year, but on the hard courts of Rotterdam.
The interesting thing is that, if Bedene goes past Milojevic, he will play against Stefanos Tsitsipas again (who had a rather terrible time in his opener).
Much like Milojevic, Bedene also won his opening round match against Arthur Rinderknech in four sets, but can he not get past an opponent who might be ranked way lower than him but has a good clay court record.
Milojevic v Bedene Prediction and Tip
Interesting times ahead here because although Bedene starts off as a favourite, it’s only just and on clay, the 25-year-old Milojevic can do a lot of damage. Expecting a close contest that goes in favour of the Serb.
Tip: Milojevic to win: 8/11 (bet365)