The ATP Italian Open continues on Friday in Rome, with the quarterfinal scheduled to take place. From the looks of the earlier rounds, it looks like a tournament that belongs to Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, or Novak Djokovic.
— ATP Tour (@atptour) May 12, 2022
Djokovic is the most likely winner and the favorite to win this ATP Masters 1000 event. He is rolling through the competition and hasn’t shown any indication that he wants to slow down. The French Open awaits, and Djokovic is getting hot at the right time.
Djokovic is cleared to play in the French Open after he missed the first Grand Slam of the year. He was prevented from playing in the Australian Open because of his vaccination status.
With vaccination rules lifted in France, Djokovic is free to enter the French Open and Wimbledon. There won’t be any Russians at Wimbledon, but Djokovic is going to be in London. Djokovic should breeze past the field if he’s in this form.
Djokovic is in the quarters after easy matches against Aslan Karatsev and Stan Wawrinka. Neither match was particularly close, with Joker clearing easily. He needs to stay focused against an upset-minded Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Auger-Aliassime is the No. 10 player in the world and only a 21-year-old. The future is bright, and a win over Djokovic in Italy would be a signature win for the youngster. He is coming off a win over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Marcos Giron.
Head below for our best Djokovic vs. Auger-Aliassime Italian Open pick on May 12, 2022.
Novak Djokovic vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime ATP Italian Open Live Betting Odds:
|Novak Djokovic||-4.5 (-125)||-350||Over 20.5 (-120)|
|Felix Auger-Aliassime||+4.5 (-105)||+400||Under 20.5 (-110)|
|Player Data||Novak Djokovic||Felix Auger-Aliassime|
|Overall Record (2022)||10-4||20-9|
|Overall Sets Record (2022)||21-11||49-28|
|Clay Court Record (2022)||5-2||6-4|
|Clay Court Sets Record (2022)||12-7||14-11|
Novak Djokovic vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime Prediction:
Felix Auger-Aliassime is in good shape going into the quarterfinals. This is a daunting task against a hot Djokovic, but Auger-Aliassime is in good form recently at least.
Auger-Aliassime had some work to do in the opening round against Davidovich Fokina, though. They went to the third and final set after losing the first set.
The Canadian ultimately won the match, 6-4, 7-6, 2-6. That second set was a scare for Auger-Aliassime, though.
With the win, Auger-Aliassime beat the No. 29 player on the ATP Tour and moved on to play No. Marcos Giron. That match looked like No. 10 vs. No. 60.
Auger-Aliassime cut through Giron easily for a 6-3, 6-2 win. He is going to see a considerable jump in class versus Djokovic, though.
Not only is Djokovic the top-ranked player in the world, he is playing like it recently. After having to sit out the Australian Open in the first Grand Slam, he should be well motivated at the upcoming French Open.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) May 12, 2022
Djokovic was in the best form we’ve seen from him against Wawrinka in his Round of 32 match. He won 6-2, 6-2 after making it look like a practice match against Aslan Karatsev, 6-3, 6-2.
Auger-Aliassime is a bigger test for Djokovic, but he should be fine if the Serb maintains his focus. This is the first time Auger-Aliassime has seen Djokovic in his career. Expect him to hold up better in a future matchup, but this time, Djokovic should win and clear 6-4, 6-3 to cover the number.