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French Open 2024: Novak Djokovic vs Lorenzo Musetti preview, head-to-head, prediction, live streaming details

Published at :June 1, 2024 at 10:19 AM
Modified at :June 1, 2024 at 10:19 AM
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Djokovic and Musetti prepare for their second face-off in the 2024 season

The third round of the French Open 2024 braces itself for an epic rematch as Lorenzo Musetti faces Novak Djokovic. Three years ago, a then 19-year-old Musetti made a memorable run to the fourth round in his main draw debut, stunning top seed Djokovic by taking a two-set before retiring in the fifth set. The stylish Italian has now secured another shot at the world No. #1 by dismissing Gael Monfils 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 on Thursday night.

Djokovic, the reigning champion, continued his pursuit of a third Roland-Garros title and record 25th Grand Slam crown with a routine 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Roberto Carballes Baena. The Serbian superstar was utterly dominant on Court Philippe-Chatrier, securing his 19th consecutive appearance in the third round at the clay-court major with consummate ease.

Novak Djokovic vs Lorenzo Musetti match details

Date: June 1st, Saturday

Time: 11:45 PM IST (Tentative)

Venue: Stade Roland Garros, Paris

Novak Djokovic vs Lorenzo Musetti preview

Djokovic, while waiting for his first title of 2024, has improved to 16-6 overall this season and 8-3 on clay. The Serbian’s last Grand Slam trophy was the 2023 US Open, his 24th major title. Should he win at Roland Garros, it will be his 25th major, edging him ahead of Margaret Court and securing his fourth French Open title.

The upcoming third-round match between Djokovic and Musetti will be their second encounter of the year, following their fourth-round match in Monte Carlo. On that occasion, the Serbian claimed a straight-set victory, defeating the Italian 7-5, 6-3.

Lorenzo Musetti defeated Colombian player Daniel Elahi Galan 6-3, 6-3, 7-5, and scored another straight-set victory against local player Gael Monfils to reach the third round. The Italian’s win against Monfils evened their head-to-head record at 1-1 and denied the Frenchman a 40th main-draw win at Roland Garros.

Musetti’s last meeting with Djokovic at Roland Garros was in 2021, when the 22-year-old Italian retired in the fifth set, trailing 4-0. The World No. 30 Musetti’s fourth-round appearances in 2021 and 2023 remain his best performances on the clay courts of Roland Garros.

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Head-to-head records

Matches – 5

Novak Djokovic – 4

Lorenzo Musetti – 1

Among Djokovic’s four wins on tour against Musetti, two have come on clay, giving him a 2-1 lead against the Italian on the slower surface. Musetti defeated the veteran Serb in Monte Carlo in 2023, with the World No. 1 returning the favor a year later. Their last three clashes have been at ATP Masters level events, where Djokovic maintains a 2-1 lead.

Where and how to watch live streaming and TV broadcast of Novak Djokovic vs Lorenzo Musetti, French Open 2024, third round match in India?

The third-round match between Novak Djokovic and Lorenzo Musetti at the 2024 French Open will be available for Indian fans on the Sony Sports Network mainstream channels along with their streaming service, Sony Liv. Additionally, viewers in the subcontinent may subscribe to Tennis TV for livestreaming the event. 

Prediction

Novak Djokovic heads into his second head-to-head match of the season with Lorenzo Musetti, knowing that he leads 4-1 against the Italian. Crucially, the Serb has a small but crucial edge over Musetti at 2-1 in matches played on clay.

Djokovic is an experienced player in Paris with a 92-16 record and three titles at the venue. Musetti, his Italian rival, is yet to move past the round of 16 in three attempts and has a 6-3 record in the clay court major.

Despite experiencing a lack of success this season, Djokovic has maintained a healthy 76% of service games won when playing on clay. Musetti matches the Serbian on this count but trails his third-round rival in converting breakpoints at 38% to Djokovic’s 47%.

The World No. 1 enjoys a massive lead over Musetti when it comes to winning return games. Djokovic has claimed 42% of return games played, while Musetti managed to rustle up a winning percentage of only 19% of service games in his favor.

Result: Novak Djokovic to win in three sets.

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