Novak Djokovic vs Jeremy Chardy - 2021 Australian Open Men's Singles First Round
Monday February 8th, 2021 / 5:00am EST
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World number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia begins his title defence at the Australian Open against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. The match will take place on Sunday February 7th, 2021 at a time yet to be determined. The Serbian has an incredible 13-0 record over Chardy and will be seeking to extend that lead. Can the Frenchman cause the stunning upset?
Novak Djokovic needs no introduction; he is quite simply one of the greatest players in history. He has always played his best tennis “down under”, winning an incredible 8 titles, more than any other player. He is the bookies favorite this year and will be very confident of winning the title. He has seemed in good form, playing well at the ATP Cup for Serbia, despite them crashing out in the group stages. He has very strong defense and is almost impossible to defeat over five sets. He has quite a lot of tennis under his belt so far in 2021, so he will be eager to wrap this match up quickly to maximize his recovery time.
Frenchman Jeremy Chardy has enjoyed some fantastic form here in Melboune. At the time of writing, he is in the Semi-Finals at the Murray River Open, a fantastic feat for him. Now ranked #66, he will be delighted with his form but knows that he has to play the match of his life to even be competitive against an opponent that he has never beaten. He knows that he has nothing to lose and will likely be playing freely and without pressure. His serve is still quite a weapon and he has a solid offensive game, but unfortunately for him he is coming up against one of the greatest players of all time.
It will be one of the biggest shocks in the history of tennis for Djokovic to lose here. He simply does not lose early in majors and this will be no different. The Serbian #1 is simply on a level above Chardy and should have no trouble dispatching for Frenchman here. Novak Djokovic to win in straight sets.