The No.1 seed Novak Djokovic will continue his French Open charge when he faces Henri Laaksonen in the second round.
Djokovic is gunning to make history at this year’s Roland-Garros. If he wins it, he will hold all the four Grand Slams at the same time. Aside from the Serb, no one has ever done that in the Open Era in history before. Djokovic himself held all four majors in 2016 after winning in Paris and replicating that this time will cap off a fantastic spell after recovering from injury troubles.
In the first round, he faced Hubert Hurkacz, who was a qualifier. Djokovic won 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 as he thoroughly dominated the game. The win in straight sets took just 26 games to accomplish. His serving was brilliant, as he won 79 percent of total points on his serve. Djokovic made only 14 unforced errors in the game. The game lasted for little over 90 minutes. His recent form has been great, and he has won 20 out of his last 24 sets.
Djokovic reached the final in his last two tournaments. He beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Madrid Open and lost to Rafael Nadal in the final of the Italian Open. Djokovic has won 11 out of his last 11 matches on clay. The sole loss was against Nadal in Rome. His record in the early stages of Grand Slam tournaments is impeccable. Djokovic has crashed out of a major before the third round just once since 2009. He will look to continue that streak on Thursday.
He will come up against Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland. His first-round match was an easy one as well. Facing Pedro Martinez, Laaksonen won the game in just 26 games. The win was by a 6-1, 6-0, 7-6 (4) scoreline. His service was average, and Laaksonen won 66 percent of his total service points. Despite the convincing win, it was the first one at a Grand Slam tournament for him.
He will now look to reach the third round at a major for the first time. Incidentally, his form in clay is excellent. He has won 8 out of his last nine games on the surface. Laaksonen won the Challenger tournament in Rome last week. But the difference in the level of competition will be the significant factor. Laaksonen’s experience at a high level is meager, and that will be crucial on Thursday.
Novak Djokovic vs Henri Laaksonen Prediction
These two players have not met before, but Djokovic will be the clear favorite this time. He has eyes on the main prize, and Laaksonen should be little more than a distraction. A win in straight sets is highly likely for the top seed. His service is looking sharp, and so is his overall game. This tournament is already a win for Laaksonen, and the second round will be as far as he will go. Djokovic should get the easy win in the second round on Thursday.