With the Rome Masters 2021 entering the Round of 16 stage, World No. 1 and the top seed Novak Djokovic will be up against World No. 48 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
- Tournament: ATP Rome Masters 1000
- Match: Novak Djokovic vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
- Round: Round of 16
- Date: 13th May, 2021
- Prize Money: € 28,200
- Venue: Rome, Italy
- Surface: Clay Court
Novak Djokovic vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina : Preview
Novak Djokovic will be playing his 4th tournament of the season after having won the 2021 Australian Open for a record 9th time.
He then played at the Monte Carlo Masters 2021 where he lost in the R16 and later in his hometown tournament at the Belgrade Open 2021 where he was knocked out in the semi-finals. He comes into the tie from comfortable straight-set victory in the previous round, which was delayed due to rain and also saw Novak in a heated argument with the umpire.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina qualifies for the main draw at Rome Masters by winning his qualifying rounds. He is yet to win a title this year and has not looked challenging for titles going out in the early rounds.
His best performance came at the Estoril Open 2021 where he made it till the semi-finals. But his inconsistency was again prevalent at the Madrid Masters 2021 where he lost in the R32. He sets up this R16 tie by defeating 16th seeded Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets to qualify for the R16.
Novak Djokovic vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina : Head to Head
This will be the first ever meeting on the tour between the duo hence the head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Novak Djokovic vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina : Prediction
Fokina has not been in great form with a record of 13-9 this season while the Serbian is 12-2. At the Clay events, Fokina is 12-5 whereas, Novak is 4-2. Even in the fewer matches Djokovic has played, he looks in better form as compared to Fokina who is on Clay since April but has not yet made consistent winning performances.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic to in straight sets.