World number one Novak Djokovic should not have too many difficulties when he takes on Lithuanian and 93rd-ranked Ricardas Berankis in the third round of the 2021 French Open on Friday, June 4. Get the live streaming options of this Novak Djokovic v Ricardas Berankis match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Novak Djokovic v Ricardas Berankis Head to Head
There have been three previous matches played between these two players and Djokovic has won all of them without dropping a set. Their first ever match came at the 2013 US Open but since they have faced off two times in 2020, having played at the Cincinnati Open and French Open.
Djokovic has been ruthless in the demolition of Berankis in both the Grand Slam encounters.
Djokovic Swats Aside Cuevas
Having blasted past Tennys Sandgren in his opening round win, Djokovic showed no mercy on Pablo Cuevas to reach round three at this competition. It is his 16th successive appearance at this stage of the French Open.
Djokovic routed Cuevas 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in a match which lasted two hours and eight minutes getting broken just once in the entire match. The Serb did face eight other break-points but saved all of them.
Interestingly, Djokovic’s 32 winners were only one more than Cuevas’ 31, but where he scored over his opponent was the 10 aces and 22 unforced errors (to five and 26 respectively from his opponent).
What was also interesting to note is it was Cuevas who won the first break of the match that came in the third game but once Djokovic has broken right back to level the set, there wasn’t much looking back.
Five more breaks of serves followed for Djokovic who registered the 13th win on clay of the season. He also has three defeats but it doesn’t look like he is going to be adding another loss to his tally here.
Berankis Needs Four against Duckworth
Since making it to the third round of the first tournament he played this season – at the Murray River Open – Berankis has participated in six more tournaments before this one and not won back to back main draw matches even once.
His best performances came at four of those tournaments where he made round two and here, at Roland Garros, Berankis has already got himself his season-best. A four-set shock of Ugo Humbert was followed by another four-setter against James Duckworth which saw Berankis come through to his best French Open performance.
Berankis needed two hours and 41 minutes for his 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0 win over the Aussie.
He endured 18 aces off the Duckworth serve but hit 47 winners and won 80% of the points at the net to clinch the match. Djokovic will be a different ball-game.
Djokovic v Berankis Prediction and Tip
A straight-set win seems to be the most obvious result here although the match could last a little longer than the previous two have for Djokovic.