World number one Novak Djokovic plays Next Gen Italian Matteo Berrettini in the quarter-final of the 2021 French Open on Wednesday, June 9. Get the live streaming options of this Novak Djokovic v Matteo Berrettini match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Novak Djokovic v Matteo Berrettini Head to Head
This will be the second meeting between both players. Their only prior meeting was at the 2019 ATP Tour Finals where Djokovic prevailed in straight sets.
Djokovic Escapes Musetti
World number one and 2016 French Open champion Novak Djokovic is in search of a second Roland Garros win and a 19th major over the next fortnight.
Djokovic started the season well, being undefeated at the ATP Cup and registering a ninth Aussie Open title at the start of the season. An abdominal tear saw him out for the rest of the hard court and indoor season, returning only for the clay swing at Monte Carlo.
It was a mixed clay court season for the Serb building up to the French Open, with early losses at Monte Carlo and Belgrade-1 and then a final run at Rome before losing out to arch rival Rafa Nadal. Djokovic played at his home tournament Belgrade-2 last week and added another title to his cap and came in to Roland Garros high on confidence.
Djokovic is in the same half of the draw as Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer and has stressed on how important a crucial start to the first week is. He has followed that mantra to the ‘T’ as he has been in clinical touch this week.
After convincing wins against Tennys Sandgren, Pablo Cuevas and Ricardis Berankis, the Serb was up against rising Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti in the fourth round. Musetti has impressed in the last year but playing his first ever major, one did not expect much from the Italian against a player of Djokovic’s caliber.
But, he matched Djokovic well in the first two sets taking them both to tie-breaks and winning them both setting up what would be the biggest upset of the major thus far.
However, the focus from Djokovic was up a few levels from the third set and Musetti looked out of sorts to lose the third set 1-6. Struggling with his groin, the Italian took a medical timeout, but the discomfort and the level from the world number one ended in a 6-0 fourth set win for Djokovic.
Another one-sided final set loomed with the Serb up 4-0 before Musetti pulled out ending a valiant effort in an unfortunate manner and another major final eight for Djokovic.
Rested Berrettini After Federer Withdrawal
Matteo Berrettini will consider himself lucky to be in the quarter-finals of the French Open with Roger Federer pulling out of their fourth round encounter to maintain his recovery from two knee surgeries and a year of rehabilitation as he gets ready for the grass season ahead. At some level, Berrettini will feel like sport is a leveler with he himself pulling out injured against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round of the Aussie Open earlier this year.
The Italian started 2021 on the right note leading Italy to the finals of the ATP Cup and looking good at the Aussie Open before a round of 16 withdrawal against Stefanos Tsitsipas with an injury.
Berrettini missed some of the tournaments after the Aussie Open and made his return on the clay. He has been in good touch winning the ATP 250 in Belgrade, his fourth career title and continuing his good form to make the finals at the Madrid Masters, losing a tight final to Alexander Zverev.
With a good draw here at Roland Garros, he has made the most of it, after a blip in the opener dropping a set against Taro Daniel. He has since been in clinical touch defeating Federico Coria of Argentina effortlessly and coming out strong in a well matched encounter with Korean Kwon Soon-woo and setting himself up well for a very challenging week two here.
Djokovic v Berrettini Prediction and Tip
Berretini has looked in good touch and will be rested after the Federer withdrawal, but the challenge is of a different scale now. Despite being pushed by Musetti, Djokovic looked laser sharp in the latter sets, although Musetti was injured.
Berrettini to start well, but once the Serb gets it going, there will be no stopping him. Djokovic to win in straight sets after a close first set.