Novak Djokovic looks to continue his unbeaten 2020 across two tournaments over the weekend. Following his Western & Southern Open final, he will play Damir Dzumhur in the opening round of the US Open. The top seed is the heavy favourite to win the title, especially with the absence of defending champion Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer amongst others.
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Dzumhur is a three time champion on the ATP Tour with two indoor hard courts and a grass title to his name. The Bosnian earned a career ranking inside the top 30 thanks to those three across 2017 and 2018 but has regressed since and now finds himself outside the top 100 – finding it tough to escape the qualifiers/Challenger quagmire he is currently in now. He won just one slam match last year – making the second round in New York where he won a set against Roger Federer.
Djokovic is in the final of Cincinnati/New York but was made to work for it, with another Spanish foe in Roberto Bautista Agut making life hard for him in a three set thriller in the semi finals. Djokovic is now 22-0 on the year ahead of this match and a final with Milos Raonic. “Very strange match, I must say. I don’t know how I won it, to be honest. He was the better player,” Djokovic said after the win. “I just didn’t feel good on the court at all, in any aspect of my game and of the body. But somehow, I managed to pull this one through.”
Djokovic will get two days rest following his final before taking to Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night, more than enough time for him to recover ahead of what should be a fairly routine opener.
Prediction – Novak Djokovic in straight sets