2020 Dubai Open – Novak Djokovic vs Philipp Kohlschreiber Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Novak Djokovic vs Philipp Kohlschreiber taking place? Aviation Club Tennis Centre, Dubai, UAE

When is Novak Djokovic vs Philipp Kohlschreiber on and what time does it start? Wednesday 26th February, 2020 – 15:00 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Novak Djokovic vs Philipp Kohlschreiber? Partly cloudy, 29c

What channel is Novak Djokovic vs Philipp Kohlschreiber on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Novak Djokovic vs Philipp Kohlschreiber in the UK? Amazon Prime or Tennis TV subscribers may be able to stream the match

Where can I get tickets for Novak Djokovic vs Philipp Kohlschreiber? Click here to purchase tickets for the 2020 Dubai Open

Who won the last meeting between Novak Djokovic vs Philipp Kohlschreiber? Novak Djokovic beat Philipp Kohlschreiber

THE LOWDOWN

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • World number one Novak Djokovic made very short work of Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri in his first match at the Dubai Open, conceding just three games and breaking serve four times.
  • The 32-year-old last won this tournament in 2013 but holds four titles here in Dubai, losing just six matches here in 11 campaigns and three of those to Roger Federer.
  • Djokovic faced Philipp Kohlschreiber four times last year, winning three our of four meetings as the German veteran shocked him in the second round of Indian Wells almost exactly a year ago.

PHILIPP KOHLSCHREIBER

  • Philipp Kohlschreiber overcame a spirited match from Egypt’s Mohamed Safwat in the first round of the Dubai Open as the 36-year-old came back from a set down.
  • World number 80 Kohlschreiber has not won a title since 2017 and six of his total eight ATP titles have come on clay courts, with his best showing here a semi-final exit in 2014.
  • Kohlschreiber has faced the world number one an inordinate amount of times recently but is understandably on the wrong end of an 11-2 head-to-head record with the Serb.

THE PREDICTION

It seems a recent unwritten rule that Novak Djokovic and Philipp Kohlschreiber must face each other at least once every few months, but the pair will meet for a 14th time here in the round of 16. While Kohlschreiber managed a shock win over the Serb at Indian Wells last year, Djokovic has since beaten him three more times and is in blistering form early this year. This should be over in two sets.

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