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Australian Open 2024: Novak Djokovic vs Taylor Fritz preview, head-to-head, prediction, live streaming

Published at :January 22, 2024 at 1:34 PM
Modified at :January 22, 2024 at 1:35 PM
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Rizu Shukla


Djokovic has reached his 58th Grand Slam quarterfinal equaling Federer. 

The quarterfinals of the Australian Open 2024 will feature a clash between World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Taylor Fritz. Djokovic, who is the reigning champion, crushed Adrian Mannarino in a one-sided match on Sunday, winning 6-0, 6-0, 6-3 in just one hour and 44 minutes. He hit 31 winners and finished the match with flair. Fritz, meanwhile, pulled off a surprise win over last year’s finalist, Stefanos Tsitsipas, in four sets, 7-6(3) 5-7 6-3 6-3.

Novak Djokovic vs Taylor Fritz preview 

Djokovic, who is aiming for his 11th Australian Open crown this year, has been improving his game steadily. He overcame two tough four-set matches in the first two rounds — 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4 versus Dino Prizmic and 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 versus Alexei Popyrin — before winning his next two matches in straight sets.

Djokovic defeated Tomas Martin Etcheverry 6-3, 6-3, 7-6(2) in the third round and then demolished Adrian Mannarino 6-0, 6-0, 6-3 in the next match. His victory over Mannarino was one of the most dominant ones for any player in the tournament so far.

Fritz, on the other hand, escaped a close encounter against Facundo Diaz Acosta in the first round, winning 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. He then raised his level, crushing Hugo Gaston 6-0, 6-3, 6-1 in the second round.

The 26-year-old American then came out on top against Fabian Marozsan 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. He then ousted last year’s runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.

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Head-to-head records 

Matches – 8

Novak Djokovic – 8

Taylor Fritz – 0

The two have met each other eight times on tour-level encounters. Although the 26-year-old American led the World No. 1 seed in Serbia to five sets in the third round of the 2021 Australian Open, he is 0-8 all-time versus Djokovic.

Where and how to watch live streaming and TV broadcast of Novak Djokovic vs Taylor Fritz, Australian Open 2024 quarter-final match in India?

The Australian Open 2024 will be broadcast live in India by Sony Sports Network. You can also watch the live stream of the event on the Sony LIV app and website.

Prediction 

Djokovic is the clear favorite to win the match and the tournament, as he has an impressive record of 32 consecutive wins and 10 titles at the Australian major. However, he has also shown some signs of vulnerability in the first two rounds, where he dropped a set against each of his opponents.

Fritz, on the other hand, has never made it past the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event, but he has proven his potential by defeating the third seed, Stefanos Tsitsipas, in a stunning upset. The American has a powerful serve and forehand that can challenge any player on the court. He will also have a lot of confidence and motivation to face Djokovic, who has beaten him in all their previous encounters.

The match is expected to be a close one, with both players fighting for every point. Djokovic has the advantage of experience and consistency, as he has always performed well in the crucial moments of the tournament. He has also won most of his quarterfinal matches at the Australian Open, and he will be aiming to add another title to his collection of 24 Grand Slams.Fritz, however, will not give up easily, and he will try to use his weapons and momentum to create an upset. The outcome may depend on how well Djokovic can recover from his previous matches and how well Fritz can handle the pressure of playing against the best player in the world.

Result: Djokovic to win in four sets.

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