Italian Open 2021: Novak Djokovic vs Taylor Fritz Preview; Head-to-Head & Prediction

Published 05/10/2021, 2:52 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 15, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his third round match against Britain’s Dan Evans REUTERS/Eric Gaillard


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will take on American tennis player Taylor Fritz in the opening round match at the ATP Italian Open 2021 in Rome. It promises to be an exciting contest to watch and to have such a match up in the early stages of the tournament is thrilling for the viewers.

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Novak Djokovic vs Taylor Fritz: Preview

After impressing thoroughly in Melbourne this year, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has failed to live up to his usual standards in the recent clay-court tournaments. He has managed to beat some of the upcoming talents, but his performances have been inconsistent.

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Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 14, 2021, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his second round match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Therefore, he took a break and skipped the Mutua Madrid Open last week. Instead, he opted to go on a spiritual trip to Bosnia. He goes there from time to time.

On the other hand, Taylor Fritz has been playing quite a few tournaments in recent months. He was part of the tournaments in Monte Carlo and Madrid but fell victim to Spanish opponents Roberto Bautista Agut and Albert Ramos Vinolas, respectively. 

Djokovic vs Fritz: Head-to-Head

The Serbian ace and the American youngster have faced each other previously on three occasions. All three matches had a similar outcome, Novak Djokovic emerging on top. The first couple of encounters were pretty one-sided and were played on the clay courts.

However, their previous match was not long ago at the Australian Open. They faced each other in the third round and the match was decided in the fifth set. Although Taylor was on the losing end, there were some positives he could take from the match.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021, Taylor Fritz of the U.S. in action during his third round match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Djokovic vs Fritz: Prediction

The 18-time Grand Slam winner will enter the contest as the favorite. Giving his experience and status as a player, he is expected to walk out as the winner.

On the other side, youngsters like Fritz look forward to these challenges. Moreover, Djokovic has not been in the best of form lately.

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The American athlete has got not much to lose and can afford to play freely without much pressure. However, if he has to come out on top, he will need to play with consistency throughout the match at the Italian Open 2021 tomorrow.

Prediction: Novak Djokovic to win in three sets

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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