Novak Djokovic vs Roman Safiullin - Monte Carlo Masters Tennis Prediction and Pick 4/9/24

Novak Djokovic vs Roman Safiullin

April 9, 2024

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Top seed Novak Djokovic will face world no. 41 Roman Safiullin in the second round of the 2024 Monte Carlo Masters. The match will be played on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Here's our Novak Djokovic vs Roman Safiullin prediction.

Novak Djokovic

This will be Novak Djokovic's first match of the clay court season. The Serb is excited ahead of a fresh start on a different surface. Additionally, Djokovic will play his first tournament without his former coach, Goran Ivanisevic. The pair mutually agreed to part ways last month. Djokovic is currently working with countryman Nenad Zimonjic, who was part of the 2010 Davis Cup success for Serbia. So, it will be interesting to see whether this familiarity breeds any short-term success because Djokovic needs it to arrest his poor form in 2024, which has not yielded any titles so far.

Roman Safiullin

Roman Safiullin is playing his first main draw at the Monte Carlo Masters and defeated Jaume Munar in straight sets in his opening match. He is ranked 41st in the world rankings, which is just a few spots below his previous best ranking of no. 36. The Russian has been improving steadily in the last 18 months, reaching a maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal at last year's Wimbledon and, shortly after, advanced into his first ATP final in Chengdu, where he lost to Alexander Zverev in an epic. 2024 has not been kind for Safiullin, in which over half of his eight defeats came in the first round of tournaments.

Novak Djokovic vs Roman Safiullin Head-To-Head

Djokovic and Safiullin have locked horns before at the 2022 Tel Aviv Open. The world no. 1 won a semifinal bout 6-1, 7-6, and went on to win the title.

Novak Djokovic vs Roman Safiullin Prediction

Djokovic hopes that beating Safiullin will prove to be a good omen, as it was when they last played in Tel Aviv (he went on to win the tournament). He is desperately in need of a title win to get his season back on track. Safiullin has already played and won one match in the tournament, so he's got nothing to lose. The word is that Djokovic was feeling healthier, fitter, and in better spirits during practice in Monte Carlo than in the last two tournaments he competed in this season. So, we could very well see the best of the two-time former champion at the Principality.

Nur’s Pick Novak Djokovic in straight sets

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