World No.1 Novak Djokovic will take on the unseeded and World No.66 Ricardas Berankis in the second round of French Open 2020 on October 1st.
The Serb has been expected by most to back up his win at the Italian Open 2020 and lift his 18th Grand Slam title. Even with the likes of Rafael Nadal, the 12-time French Open Champion in the draw, Djokovic looks like a frontrunner in this contest.
With a top-notch form on display from Djokovic, Lithuania’s Berankis knows the level of tennis he’ll have to produce to break the Serb’s 2020 winning streak.
Novak Djokovic vs Ricardas Berankis: Preview
Novak Djokovic, the no.1 seed at the French Open 2020 breezed through his first round. The Serbian defeated Michael Ymer with a 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 score. He also lifted the Italian Open title a week ago. He looks focused and knows the weapons he has, but admirably seems to take his journey one step at a time.
Berankis defeated Hugo Dellien in round 1 with the scoreline of 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 indicating that Paris’ conditions are suiting his game.
Novak Djokovic vs Ricardas Berankis: Head-to-Head
The duo have played against each other on 2 occasions, with Djokovic winning both of the times. They haven’t had a match each other on a clay court yet.
Their last meeting came about earlier this year in the round of 32 in Cincinnati Masters. The Djoker won 7-6(2), 6-4.
Novak Djokovic vs Ricardas Berankis: Prediction
Djokovic is the clear favourite heading into this round. With his current mental and physical shape, he seems quite invincible.
Berankis will have to try to not get influenced by anything and try to play the match head-on.
Match Prediction: Novak Djokovic wins in straight sets.