Novak Djokovic vs Jarkko Nieminen Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Novak Djokovic vs Jarkko Nieminen | Tuesday 26 May, 2015 | Roland Garros | 15.00
Novak Djokovic will take his first steps to a possible French Open title when he takes on Jarkko Nieminen at the French Open on Tuesday.
After making it to the finals on two occasions in the last three years, Djokovic will be hoping to win Roland Garros for the first time in his career. In the two defeats in the final, the Serbian lost to the defending champion Rafael Nadal.
After taking a short break from the tour, missing Monte Carlo, Djokovic returned for the Rome Masters where he claimed his fourth title at that event.
Djokovic, who was forced into several three-set matches throughout the week, defeated world No. 2 Roger Federer in straight sets to secure his title win just weeks ahead of the French Open. He won the match 6-4, 6-3 to close in on Federer’s lead in the head-to-head series.
His recent form has made him one of the firm favourites to win the tournament and there is pressure on him to win the trophy for the first time.
“There is always a little bit of extra motivation for me coming into Roland Garros,” he said.
“It is obviously very encouraging knowing that I have won all of the big events from last October and playing some of the best tennis in my life. Coming into Roland Garros with that amount of confidence helps.”
Meanwhile Nieminen has only made it past the second round of a Grand Slam once since 2008.
Following an immediate exit in Monte Carlo, Nieminen won one match in Istanbul before losing to Roger Federer. He then lost his opening match to Russian up-and-comer Andrey Rublev last week in Geneva.
This is just the sixth time that Djokovic and Nieminen will cross paths on the professional tournament, with Djokovic leading the head-to-head series 4-1.
Their most recent encounter took place last season, when Djokovic defeated the Finnish national in straight sets in Monte Carlo.
Novak Djokovic vs Jarkko Nieminen Betting Tips
Having only made it past the second round of a Grand Slam once since 2008, Nieminen really shouldn’t offer too much to trouble Djokovic, who should walk away with an easy victory on Tuesday.