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Monte Carlo Masters 2024: Novak Djokovic vs Alex De Minaur preview, head-to-head, prediction, live streaming details

Published at :April 12, 2024 at 1:27 PM
Modified at :April 12, 2024 at 1:27 PM
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De Minaur got better of Djokovic in the last meeting.

Novak Djokovic, the current world No. 1, will face his bitter rival from their last encounter, Alex de Minaur, in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters 2024. The two-time Monaco champion had a disastrous start to 2024. Djokovic failed to defend his Australian Open title earlier this year and suffered early exits in the Indian Wells Open (2nd round) and Miami Open 2024 (3rd round). The tennis giant has yet to win a major title this year and is eager to conquer Monaco’s clay courts at the Monte Carlo Masters 2024.

Conversely, Alex de Minaur, currently ranked No. 11, managed to break into the top-10 earlier this year with consistent performances, including a few high-profile upsets. His career highlight was a significant victory over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the United Cup earlier this year. De Minaur had an excellent 2024, winning the title in Acapulco, reaching the finals, and narrowly losing to Jannik Sinner in Rotterdam.

The 25-year-old Australian is rising through the ranks, known for punching above his weight, and promises a thrilling clash when he faces the motivated Djokovic on Court Rainier III at the Monte Carlo Masters 2024.

Novak Djokovic vs Alex De Minaur match details

  • Date: April 12, Friday
  • Time: 5:50 PM IST (Tentative)
  • Venue: Court Rainier III, Monte-Carlo Country Club, Monaco

Novak Djokovic vs Alex De Minaur match preview

Novak Djokovic is looking to reverse his fortunes and regain form on the clay courts of Monaco. He defeated Roman Safiullin seamlessly, 6-1, 6-2, in a 70-minute match. He then bested Lorenzo Musetti, 7-5, 6-3. In their last match, Djokovic unleashed 31 winners to score 72 points to Musetti’s 20 winners. He fired three blazing aces and committed two double faults, winning 67% of the time on the first serve and 52% on the second serve. He converted 83% of the breakpoints (5/6).

Djokovic has yet to lose a set at the Monte Carlo Masters, but he will be cautious this time as he has encountered trouble in the last two Masters events and will aim to overcome that hurdle to enter the semifinals at Monte Carlo 2024.

De Minaur is enjoying a stellar run in 2024 with a win-loss record of 22-6 and has replicated his form on the clay courts with a 3-0 win record at the Monte Carlo Masters 2024. The Australian breezed past Stan Wawrinka, 6-3, 6-0, and overcame a challenging match from a set down against Tallon Griekspoor, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. He then dispatched Alexei Popyrin in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

In his last match, he recorded 19 winners and scored 59 points to Popyrin’s 41. He served two fiery aces and committed no double faults. He won 70% on the first serve and an impressive 94% on the second serve. The Australian converted 80% of the breakpoints (4/5).

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Head-to-head record

Matches – 2

Novak Djokovic – 1

Alex Di Minaur– 1

This will be the third time the duo will face each other. De Minaur boasts a 50% head-to-head win record against the tennis giant Djokovic. De Minaur emerged victorious in their last meeting, stunning Djokovic 6-4, 6-4 at the United Cup 2024. However, they have never played each other on clay courts, and it will be an intriguing clash at the Monte Carlo Masters, given their recent history and the unique challenges that a clay court presents.

Where and how to watch the live streaming and TV broadcast of Novak Djokovic vs Alex De Minaur, Monte Carlo Masters 2024, third-round match in India?

The quarter-finals face-off between Novak Djokovic and Lorenzo Musetti at the 2024 Monte Carlo Masters will be broadcast live on the Sony Network. The tennis fans catch the live telecast of the game on Sony Sports Ten 5 in high and standard definition. The network’s streaming service, SonyLiv, will make available the match on their app and website.

Prediction

The upcoming quarterfinal clash between the tennis titan Djokovic and the surprise victor De Minaur is poised to be a perfect revenge match, albeit on the more challenging clay courts. The Serbian last made it to the semifinals at the Monte Carlo Masters back in 2017. It is uncharacteristic for Djokovic to go so long without a title win in a year. However, Djokovic thrives under pressure and will be seeking a podium finish in Monaco to compensate for his lack of titles in 2024.

Meanwhile, De Minaur is experiencing the best run of his career in 2024. He broke into the top-10 rankings with consistent performances and can surprise major opponents with his relentless court coverage. The young Australian will also carry a psychological edge over Djokovic into the match, having convincingly defeated the Serbian in straight sets during their last encounter.

Djokovic is undoubtedly one of the greats of tennis, but the aging star has recently struggled to finish at the top. Nevertheless, Djokovic is a formidable competitor and consistently delivers magical performances when most needed. Although De Minaur got the better of Djokovic in their last match, the Serbian remains the clear favorite due to his vast experience and his dangerous form when cornered.

Result: Djokovic to win in straight sets

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