World number one Novak Djokovic will look to continue his winning streak when he takes on 38th-ranked Alex Molcan in the second round of the 2022 French Open on Thursday, May 26. Get the live streaming options of this Novak Djokovic vs Alex Molcan match along with its preview, head-to-head and tips here.
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Novak Djokovic vs Alex Molcan head to head
Their only match to date came at the 2021 Belgrade Open, which Djokovic won 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the title.
Stunning victory for Djokovic in the opener
Defending champion Djokovic made his intentions clear with a stunning first-round win over Yoshihito Nishioka.
In a match that lasted two hours, Djokovic improved over time, delivering a 6-3, 6-1, 6-0 win in his opener.
Djokovic, who had a slow start to the clay-court season before winning the Rome Masters title, struggled through the first service of the encounter but then broke his opponent in the sixth to seal a 1-0 lead.
And he seemed to be driving to a bagelling Nishioka in game two as well, dropping serve in game six before closing things out with a fourth break of serve.
The third set proved to be a one-way street for Djokovic, with the Serb breaking his opponent three more times to end his agony.
Having tasted blood in his Rome Masters triumph, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he continues to display a similar ruthlessness in this second round.
Molcan on form continues solid run
It was the kind of season for Molcan where he jumped up the leaderboards. Molcan, who was ranked 88 earlier this year, has already reached the finals of two ATP tournaments this season and while he is yet to lift his first title, the Slovakian has improved to 38th in the world.
Incidentally, just before the start of this French Open, Molcan was present at the Lyon Open and was in the final of a clay court competition for the third time in his career. While he lost in the title decider, the confidence to have come this far again seemed to have been a good support for his opener here.
As a result, Molcan was a favorite in his opener against Federico Coria and played like one too.
The Slovakian scored a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Coria to secure his place in the second round. And while Djokovic will be another kettle of fish, it’s the kind of challenge he’d happily take on in these early days with form behind his back.
Djokovic v Molcan prediction and tip
It would be a surprise if Djokovic doesn’t seal a straight win here, but it also looks like this could be one of his early challenges to overcome. Can Molcan Djokovic push in at least one of the sets?
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