World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will look to put his relatively forgettable US Open Series behind him when he begins his campaign through the Asian Swing of the tour. The Serb will begin in Beijing, where he will look to stretch his undefeated streak further when he faces Guillermo Garcia-Lopez for the seventh time on the ATP World Tour. Djokovic leads the series 6-0.
Following a disappointing run in North America, which included early losses in Toronto, Cincinnati and a surprise semi-final exit at the US Open to Kei Nishikori, top seed Novak Djokovic will be keen to maintain his spot at the top of the rankings as well as maintain his unblemished 19-0 record at the China Open.
In a press conference ahead of the tournament, Djokovic explained that the Chinese support has been key to his success in the region.
“Obviously having the support is very much necessary anywhere you go. Of course, I’m far away from my own country. To be able to experience the support of such proportions, and that it’s growing each year, is amazing to see. I’m very grateful for that. I try to return the favour with my tennis and obviously with my kindness to these people who follow me…For me, it’s a pleasure to perform in front of the people who respect what I do.”
Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez is coming off a second round loss at the US Open to Sam Querrey, and will be looking to rebound with his first ever win over Djokovic.
The world No. 1 is in a tough draw this year in Beijing and will be hard-pressed to maintain that undefeated streak at the tournament. While it is likely that he will stretch his record to 7-0 against the Spaniard, he will be faced with several tougher opponents in the draw, including a potential quarter-final against Grigor Dimitorv and a semi-final against reigning US Open champion Marin Cilic.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic in Straight Sets