Novak Djokovic vs. Yoshihito Nishioka Pick – ATP French Open May 23, 2022

Novak Djokovic begins his quest to defend his French Open title in Paris on Monday. Djokovic is the defending champ and the betting favorite to win the second Grand Slam of 2022.

After missing the Australian Open because of no vaccination, Djokovic is cleared to play in the French Open and Wimbledon. Djokovic would love to repeat as the champion in Paris.

There may also be some added motivation for Djokovic to excel in the French Open. After not being able to play in the Australian, the Serb has to be chomping at the bit to impressive on a grand stage.

He is coming off an ATP title win in the Italian Open in a dominant performance against Stefanos Tsitsipas. Djokovic cleared the Greek with no problems for a 6-0, 7-6 win.

Joker didn’t lose a set in the Italian Open.

Djokovic stormed through the competition, with his closest match a 7-5, 7-6 win over Felix Auger Aliassime. The young Canadian shouldn’t feel too bad about that loss.

Auger Aliassime made Djokovic work hard for a win, so that’s nothing to hang his head low over. Djokovic is in terrific form at the moment and didn’t get through that match as easily as the rest.

Djokovic opens the French Open against upset-minded Yoshihito Nishioka in the first-round. Nishioka is going to have his hands full unless Djokovic suffers an injury or he retires from the match.

Head below for our free Djokovic vs. Nishioka French Open prediction on May 23, 2022.

Novak Djokovic vs. Yoshihito Nishioka ATP French Open Live Betting Odds:

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
Players Spread Moneyline Total
Novak Djokovic -10.5 (-130) -10000 Over 26.5 (-115)
Yoshihito Nishioka +10.5 (+100) +1900 Under 26.5 (-115)
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Player Data Novak Djokovic Yoshihito Nishioka
Overall Record (2022) 13-4 5-8
Overall Sets Record (2022) 27-11 13-21
Clay Court Record (2022) 8-2 0-1
Clay Court Sets Record (2022) 18-7 0-2
Career Titles 87 1
Career Record 1001-23 80-101

Novak Djokovic vs. Yoshihito Nishioka Prediction:

Novak Djokovic has been making it really tough on his opponents as of late. He’s won eight of his last nine performances going into the French Open.

Djokovic’s loss was against the next big thing in tennis.

Carlos Alcaraz is going to be a name you hear a lot in the future. A win in the French Open isn’t out of the question, and he’s only a 19-year-old with time to grow.

Alcaraz and Djokovic are close to being co-favorites to win the French Open. Djokovic is the favorite, though Alcaraz, who beat him in the Madrid Open Final isn’t that far behind.

If Djokovic brings the same intensity and focus as he had in the Italian Open in Rome, then Alcaraz will have it really tough. Djokovic went a perfect 10-0 in sets after losing to Alcaraz.

As I said, it will require Djokovic to feel ill or suffer an injury for Nishioka to be in contention in this one. He’s far too outmatched to make this a competitive match.

Nishioka is 9-16 in his career on a clay surface and is 0-2 in sets this year. Overall, he is 5-8 this year going into Monday.

In two matches against Djokovic in his career, he hasn’t been able to hang in there and bother him. In their most recent meeting, Djokovic won easily at the Australian Open 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in 2022. This was after a 6-1, 6-2 win a year earlier in the Davis Cup.

If Djokovic is interested in the opening round at Roland Garros, he should be able to name the final score against Nishioka. Winning by more than 10 games seems like a lot, but a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win doesn’t seem that out of reach.

Nishioka is coming off a 1-6, 1-6 loss to Ugo Blanchet in the Lyon Open. This was a match on the clay, with Nishioka showing no ability to stay within reach of Blanchet, who is ranked No. 459 in the world.

Nishioka is No. 99, while Djokovic is the best in the world at No. 1 on the ATP Tour. In what is essentially a warm-up for Djokovic in the first-round, expect him to win easily to open the French Open.


Djokovic vs. Nishioka Pick
Kyle E / Author

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