Novak Djokovic odds on favorite ahead of Roland Garros 2023 opener against Aleksandar Kovacevic

Former World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and American tennis star Aleksander Kovacevic are set to meet on the clay court at the first round of the 2023 French Open on Sunday.

Currently ranked No. 3, the 35-year-old Serbian has had a slow start at clay court tournaments. Djokovic lost in the first round in Monte Carlo and then lost to fellow countryman Dusan Lajovic in the quarterfinals of the Banja Luka tournament before withdrawing with an injury and missing the Madrid tournament.

Djokovic made a comeback in Rome but was knocked out of the tournament by eventual runner-up Holger Rune in the quarterfinals. On the other hand, Djokovic has an 85-16 record at Roland Garros, where he has reached at least the quarterfinals in 13 consecutive appearances and won the title twice.

On the other hand, No. 114 Kovacevic will be making his Roland Garros debut against Djokovic, who is sure to provide him with fierce competition. In five matches this year, Kovacevic has only managed one victory, and that came two months ago in the first round of Miami. Kovacevic has lost in the first round of three consecutive Challenger tournaments: Cagliari, Turin, and Rome.

Match Information

Tournament: The French Open

Round: Round of 128

Date: Sunday, May 28

TV Channel: Tennis Channel

Venue: Stade Roland Garros

Location: Paris, France

Court Surface: Clay

With Rafael Nadal’s absence, Novak Djokovic can shine

This is Novak Djokovic’s time to shine at the French Open, with Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal absent. Ever since Roger Federer’s retirement, Rafael Nadal has really been the only one to put up a subsequent challenge to the former world No. 1.

Nadal has been a dominant performer at the French Open, winning 14 titles in total. He even won five titles between 2017 and 2022, which is an astonishing feat. Nadal also holds the record for most consecutive French Open titles, winning the tournament from 2010 to 2014.

Novak Djokovic

Surely, with the absence of such a huge threat, Novak Djokovic will do his best to grasp into the chance and win the whole tournament.

Tanzeem Rahman

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Tanzeem Rahman is a soccer writer and an editor at SportsZion. Tanzeem's love for the sport began by watching and admiring Cristiano Ronaldo in his early Manchester United days. Having graduated from Germany as an Electrical Engineer, Tanzeem has watched multiple high-profile games throughout Europe from the gallery. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport, as well as sublime english proficiency has been an asset to SportsKnot. Outside of his duty, Tanzeem is a gamer, and loves to spend time watching Anime and reading Manga.


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