Australian Open 2021: Novak Djokovic vs Taylor Fritz Preview, Head-to-Head and Prediction

Novak Djokovic will try to return at his dominant best against Taylor Fritz at the Australian Open 2021.

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Novak Djokovic (left) and Taylor Fritz

World No.1 Novak Djokovic will lock horn with 27th-seed Taylor Fritz in a Round of 32 encounter at the Australian Open 2021. It is a good opportunity for Djokovic to return to his dominating best after facing a tough time against Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

Match Details:

  • Fixture: Novak Djokovic vs Taylor Fritz
  • Date: 12 February 2021
  • Tournament: Australian Open 2021
  • Round: 3rd Round
  • Venue: Melbourne, Australia
  • Surface: Outdoor hardcourt
  • Prize Money: $165,228 (USD)

Novak Djokovic vs Taylor Fritz: Preview

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Taylor Fritz

Talking about the performance in the tournament so far, Djokovic, after destroying Jeremy Chardy in straight sets in the opening round, found the going tough against Tiafoe. The 33-year old Serb lost his first set of the tournament and was close to losing another as he edged past Tiafoe 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 in a tense encounter.

On the other hand, Fritz has lost at least one set in each of his two matches so far. The 23-year old American first defeated Albert Ramos Vinolas 7-6, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 and then outclassed Reilly Opelka 4-6, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 in a marathon encounter. Fritz has not looked clinical at all to say the least.

Novak Djokovic vs Taylor Fritz: Head-to-Head

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Novak Djokovic

Prior to their meeting in Melbourne, the two players have faced each other on two occasions. Djokovic has won both the matches and hence leads the head-to-head record 2-0. They last met in 2019 in a Round of 32 contest at the ATP Masters 1000 Madrid, where Djokovic sailed past Fritz by defeating him 6-4, 6-2.

Novak Djokovic vs Taylor Fritz: Prediction

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Novak Djokovic

Despite a shabby performance in the second round, Djokovic is expected to bounce back in style as he is too good a plyer to make similar kind of mistakes in back-to-back matches. A one-sided contest is on the cards as Fritz has looked rustier and therefore, stands no chance to even trouble the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

Match Prediction: Novak Djokovic defeats Taylor Fritz comfortably in straight sets.

Also Read: Australian Open 2021: Day3 – Djokovic, Thiem, Shapovalov, Schwartzman all advance to the third round, Wawrinka falls

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