World number one Novak Djokovic will begin his title defence of the Australian Open against Jeremy Chardy on Monday, February 8, with the match likely to begin at around 10 am local time (11 pm BST or 6 pm Eastern Time previous day). Get the live streaming options of this Novak Djokovic v Jeremy Chardy match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Novak Djokovic v Jeremy Chardy Head to Head
This has been a shockingly one-sided rivalry. Now you expect Djokovic to win most of his matches against most players but for even for him to hold a 13-0 win-loss record against a player is a stunning statistic.
They played for the first time in 2009, at the Australian Open, and since then have played across surfaces and tournaments and the number of sets Chardy has won is zero.
Their last meeting came at the Madrid Masters in 2019.
Serbia Out for Djokovic Yet to Lose
After having featured in a set at A Day at the Drive exhibition competition at the start of the season, Djokovic featured in two singles matches for Serbia at the ATP Cup. And while he got past Denis Shapovalov in straight sets, neither was that match an easy result nor was his next win over Alexander Zverev anything close to a bed of roses.
Down a set, Djokovic came back strongly to capture the second 6-2.
Then the Serb was broken while he served for the match in the third set at 5-4, only for Zverev to get broken yet again. This time around Djokovic served out and ended his opponent’s hopes.
Djokovic will now hope to kick-start this Australian Open campaign with as much confidence he has shown against Chardy in the past, especially given how tough his draw is – a possible Taylor Fritz in the third round, Stan Wawrinka in the fourth and Zverev again in the quarterfinals.
Chardy Makes Murray River Open Semi
At the time of writing, Chardy is still unbeaten at the Murray River Open which is also being played in Melbourne and he will go into the first round of the Australian Open with a boost to his morale. Here’s what difference a season can make.
Last year, Chardy played in seven tournaments and won a mere three matches. Only in two of those matches did the world number 66 manage to make it to the second round of the competition – in Doha and Adelaide. In short, a horribly underwhelming season.
As opposed to that, in his very first tournament of the year, Chardy made it all the way to the semifinal at the Antalya Open he had played in three weeks ago. And here in Melbourne, wins over Marin Cilic, Gilles Simon and Taylor Fritz helped him get to the quarterfinals. Stan Wawrinka withdrew from that match to allow Chardy to make it to his second successive semifinal on the tour.
Djokovic v Chardy Prediction and Tip
Confidence or otherwise, Chardy would find it rather tough to break Djokovic down in a best-of-five-setter. The best Chardy might expect is to push Djokovic in one of the sets.
Tip: Djokovic to win in three sets: 1/3 (bet365)