Malek Jaziri vs. Novak Djokovic - 2020 Dubai Open First Round
Monday. February 24 2020
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Novak Djokovic meets Malek Jaziri in the first-round of the 2020 Dubai Open. Will Jaziri be able to pull off an upset?
Novak Djokovic has had the best possible start to 2020. Djokovic lead Team Serbia to a win in the inaugural ATP Cup, and a couple weeks later, he lifted his 17th Grand Slam title in Australia. Djokovic is just superb on hard courts and he is the best returner in the game. Djokovic will know that he can win here in Dubai, especially now that Roger Federer has to withdraw due to his knee surgery. Djokovic meets an opponent who he knows very well now and he will be extremely confident.
Malek Jaziri has really had an unlucky draw. Jaziri said before the draw that he hoped he would have an easier opponent so that he can maybe go far here in Dubai, however, he has been drawn to Novak Djokovic. Jaziri is a very experienced player, however, he is well past his prime and he is not the same player he used to be. Jaziri will have his work cut out here, but he has no pressure so maybe that will make him play freely.
This will be the second meeting between both players, with Djokovic absolutely dominating in their first encounter. Djokovic is the best player in the world at the moment and there is no chance of a first-round upset by Jaziri. Expect Novak to come out and dominate throughout the entire match.
Novak Djokovic to win.