Novak Djokovic vs Holger Rune Prediction and Odds: Italian Open 2023

Novak Djokovic is the favorite to win the Italian Open, but he will not have an easy task as he will need to go past Holger Rune in the quarterfinal match.

The odds in this article were correct at the time of writing, and odds are subject to change. We recommend checking with the bookmaker before placing the bet.

Novak Djokovic vs Holger Rune – Match Predictions

Holger Rune knows how to play against Novak Djokovic but still the Serbian is a major favorite to win this one.

Holger Rune +3.5

Djokovic is the favorite to win this one but he wasn’t so dominant in the previous matches and Rune has everything it takes to stay long in this one. Djokovic will be the one to dominate from the base line but the 20-year-old knows how to respond to that and even if he losses, Rune will cover the +3.5 games spread.

Over 21.5

The total margin is set a little lower for this stage of the tournament. Rune has won at least a set in both previous matches against Djokovic and the Serbian will not be dominant in this one either. Both players respect each other and will hold their serves for most of the match that will definitely go over 21.5 games.

Novak Djokovic vs Holger Rune Preview

Novak Djokovic will lost the top spot in the ATP rankings after this tournament but he is focused on defending the title and getting ready for the French Open. Can Rune stand on his way of doing it?

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is still the NO. 1 player on the tour. The 22-time Grand Slam champion is 20-3 for the season and 5-2 on clay. On his way to the quarterfinal, the Serbian defeated Tomas Martin Etcheverry, Grigor Dimitrov and Cameron Norrie. He won two tournaments this season, the Australian Open and the tournament in Adelaide. Djokovic is a six-time champion in Rome and he defends the title won last year.

Holger Rune

Rune is currently having his best ranking in his young career being at No. 7. The Danish player is 25-9 for the season including 11-2 on clay. He is coming off a tough match in the previous round defeating Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. In the first two matches at the tournament, Rune defeated Arthur Flis and Fabio Fognini, both in straight sets. Earlier this season, Rune won the title in Munich defeating Botic Van Den Zandschulp in a close match that went into the decisive tie-break. This is Rune’s second time playing in Rome after last year when he didn’t pass the qualifiers.

Novak Djokovic vs Holger Rune Head to Head

Both players have won one of the previous two matches against each other. Djokovic won the first one in the 2021 US Open winning by 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1. The Danish player was the better one last year in Paris winning by 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Rome Masters / Italian Open

Novak Djokovic vs Holger Rune Match Details

  • Date and Time: The match will start on Wednesday, May 17 at 13:00
  • Venue: The match will be played on Pietrangeli
  • Where to watch the match in UK? This match will be available on Amazon Prime for fans in the United Kingdom

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