Today at the 500 category hard tournament in Dubai, the first racket of the world enters the fray and Serb Novak Djokovic, the main favorite for the win, returning to the tour after a 3-week pause, who will play against Tunisian Malek Jaziri, who received the Wild Card from the organizers.

The match doesn’t carry much intrigue in terms of the winner, given the class of tennis players. Nevertheless, no doubt, it will cause no small interest in the local public.

Is Jaziri an underdog? – Check our free prediction.

At what time are Djokovic vs Jaziri to play?
The game time is February 24, 2020, at 19:00 (GMT+4).

What are the players’ positions in ATP rankings?
Novak Djokovic takes the 1th position and Malek Jaziri takes the 260th position in ATP Tour Rankings.

How many wins and losses does Djokovic have?
Novak Djokovic has won 82.9% of the games as a favorite.

How many wins and losses does Jaziri have?
Malek Jaziri has won 42.4% of the games as a favorite.

Novak Djokovic

The legendary Serb missed this tournament for the last three years, although before that, for ten years he had been constantly performing in Dubai, showing excellent results. Novak made his debut here in 2007 and boasts four titles. Memorable events happened in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013. Plus – the finals of 2015 and the semi-finals of 2008, 2012 and 2014. On his last visit, Djokovic flew out in the top eight, starring during the match against Feliciano Lopez with a score of (3-6).

It’s worth noting that the Joker started the current season perfectly, having won all 13 matches in two tournaments. First, Novak won the main trophy with his team at the ATP Cup. Then he took the 7th title at the Australian Open, where he was stronger in the decisive stages of Milos Raonic, Roger Federer and Dominic Tim. In Melbourne, recall, Djokovic in the final got a very difficult win over Dominic Tim in five sets (6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4).

It’s extremely curious whether the Serb will return after a 3-week pause in the same excellent shape and whether he can continue his winning streak at the start of the season in this tournament.

Malek Jaziri

The 36-year-old representative of Tunisia has been performing on the Dubai courts for the eighth time on an ongoing basis since 2012. Malek boasts two good results.

The first Jaziri showed in 2014, when he made it to the eight strongest, where he didn’t find arguments against the German Philipp Kohlschreiber (2-6, 3-6). The second – on his last visit in 2018, when he reached the semifinals, having alternately beat Dimitrov, Chase and Tsitsipas. But he could not cope with the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut (3-6, 4-6).

Now Malek is going through hard times in his career, being only in 260th place in the world ranking. The Tunisian played in the current season only 6 matches with statistics of wins and defeats (1-5).

To compete with tennis players at larger tournaments, Jaziri no longer really succeeds. For example, at competitions in Doha, Malek managed to take only three games in the game against Mikhail Kukushkin (0-6, 3-6).

Betting Tips Statistics

Highlights

  • In personal meetings, Djokovic leads (1-0).
  • Djokovic didn’t go to court after winning the Australian Open.
  • In the last five games, Jaziri won only one time.
Novak DjokovicvsMalek Jaziri
1ATP Rank260
32 (1987.05.22)Age36 (1984.01.20)
Belgrade, SerbiaBirthplaceBizerte, Tunisia
Monte Carlo, MonacoResidenceTunis, Tunisia
6’2″ (188 cm)Height6’1″ (185 cm)
170 lbs (77 kg)Weight179 lbs (81 kg)
Right-HandedPlaysRight-Handed
Two-HandedBackhandTwo-Handed
2003Turned Pro2003
13/0YTD Won/Lost0/1
1YTD Titles0
906/187CAREER W/L97/135
78Career Titles0
$143,059,955Career Prize Money$3,846,654

Singles Service Record

Novak DjokovicSingles Service Record on hardMalek Jaziri
3,677Aces598
1,548Double Faults438
64%1st Serve53%
74%1st Serve Points Won71%
56%2nd Serve Points Won48%
3,201Break Points Faced1,042
66%Break Points Saved61%
8,08Service Games Played1,598
87%Service Games Won75%
68%Total Service Points Won61%

Singles Return Record

Novak DjokovicSingles Return Record on hardMalek Jaziri
33%1st Serve Return Points Won26%
56%2nd Serve Return Points Won48%
5,598Break Points Opportunities807
45%Break Points Converted35%
7,837Return Games Played1,607
32%Return Games Won18%
42%Return Points Won35%
55%Total Points Won48%

Previous Head-to-Head Meetings

YearEventSurfaceRNDWinner
2016DubaiOutdoor HardR16Novak Djokovic

Djokovic vs Jaziri Predictions

The layouts are logical, taking into account the status of tennis players and the results in recent years. For the second season, the Tunisian is in a deep gaming crisis and it seems that his career is quickly coming to an end. Whereas Novak continues to win titles at major tournaments and lead the world ranking.

Therefore, here it’s not worthwhile, as for me, to wait for some sort of a struggle at all. I think the Serb will try not to delay the starting match for a long time and will win a quick confident win, similar to the result of the first meeting between these rivals.

Consequently, without any doubts, it will starts from the favorite in terms of betting and offer to play his minus head start, even if it is set at a solid level of 8 games.

  • Our prediction: Novak Djokovic Will Win.

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