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Novak Djokovic vs Taylor Fritz Live Stream, Predictions & Tips - Djokovic looking for emphatic win
- Novak Djokovic vs Taylor Fritz preview and predictions for Friday’s Australian Open match.
- The third round clash is being played at Melbourne Park at 09.30 GMT.
- Four of Djokovic’s last Grand Slam matches have lasted 24 games or fewer
- I am backing Djokovic to maintain his perfect record against Fritz
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Novak Djokovic dropped a set in his second-round AUstralian Open match (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic vs Taylor Fritz Predictions
Djokovic faced his first test at the Australian Open when he was pushed to four sets by Frances Tiafoe. Afterwards, he spoke of how unusually fast Rod Laver Arena is playing.
This could be good news for Fritz, who likes to attack the net. But it looks more likely that Djokovic has been pushed to find his best form by Tiafoe.
- Novak Djokovic won four of his last 7 Grand Slam matches in straight sets
- Novak Djokovic has won his 2 previous matches vs Fritz by 6 and 9 games
- Taylor Fritz was on court for over four hours in his second-round match
- Taylor Fritz is 5-16 against top-10 players
Head to Head
Novak Djokovic leads the head-to-head with Taylor Fritz 2-0.
Both their previous matches came on clay, Djokovic winning 6-3, 6-0 in Monte Carlo in 2019 and 6-4, 6-2 in Madrid a few weeks later.
Novak Djokovic Stats
Age: 33 (22 May 1987)
Height: 6’2” (188cm)
World Ranking: 1
Career High: 1 (July 2011)
Career ATP Singles Titles: 81
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 17 (8 Australian Open, 5 Wimbledon, 2 US Open, 1 French Open)
2021 Titles: 0
Australian Open Best Result: Champion (2008, 2011-13, 2015-16, 2019-20)
Novak Djokovic Form
Djokovic is on a 16-match winning streak at the Australian Open. Victory for the eight-time champion vs Frances Tiafoe did not come easily, however.
In hot conditions and on a Rod Laver Arena court which is playing very fast according to the man himself, Djokovic took three and a half hours to beat Tiafoe 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-6(2), 6-3.
Djokovic converted just five of 14 break points against Tiafoe, who was playing great tennis. The Serb will enjoy the conditions of the night session on Friday more than the heat of the day.
Taylor Fritz Stats
Age: 23 (20 January 1998)
Height: 6’4” (193cm)
World Ranking: 31
Career High: 24 (March 2020)
Career ATP Singles Titles: 1
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0
2021 Titles: 0
Australian Open Best Result: R3 (2019-20)
Taylor Fritz Form
At last year’s Australian Open, Fritz took a set from a top seed after winning a five-set second-round marathon with a big server. Could history repeat itself?
Fritz was beaten easily by Jeremy Chardy at last week’s Murray River Open, and his matches so far at the Australian Open have been anything but easy. He played over three hours to beat Albert Ramos in four sets in the first round.
His second-round match against Reilly Opelka was even longer. It took four hours and seven minutes for Fritz to beat Opelka 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-2.
Djokovic and Fritz have only played each other on clay before. A quick hard court like the Rod Laver Arena could play into the attacking American’s hands. But Fritz is likely to struggle physically after playing over seven hours so far.
Novak Djokovic and Taylor Fritz meet in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday 12 February (9.30am GMT scheduled start).
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After his scare againt Tiafoe, Djokovic could put his foot down against a tired Fritz.
Djokovic has won four of his last seven Grand Slam matches in 24 games or less and this should be another quick victory.
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