Djokovic could play Murray in Geneva opener

Humbert is the top seed in Lyon
May 17, 2024
Novak Djokovic is competing in Geneva for the first time.
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Novak Djokovic is competing in Geneva for the first time. By ATP Staff

Novak Djokovic, who accepted a wild card into the Gonet Geneva Open, will play former No. 1 in the PIF ATP Rankings Andy Murray or German Yannick Hanfmann in the second round.

Djokovic won his opening match in Rome against Corentin Moutet, but then won just five games in a loss to eventual semi-finalist, in-form Chilean Alejandro Tabilo.

The World No. 1 will try to get back on track in Geneva, where he is making his tournament debut. If he faces Murray, it will be the pair’s 37th Lexus ATP Head2Head match (Djokovic leads 25-11). Djokovic has never played Hanfmann.

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Two-time Geneva champion Casper Ruud will open against Australian Rinky Hijikata or a qualifier. The Norwegian owns a 9-1 record at the ATP 250 event and last year lost in the quarter-finals to Nicolas Jarry.

Third seed Taylor Fritz will begin his tournament against fellow American Alex Michelsen or a qualifier. Another American, fourth seed Ben Shelton, will play Flavio Cobolli or Aslan Karatsev in the second round.

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There will be an intriguing first-round clash between sixth seed Tallon Griekspoor and American Christopher Eubanks. They played a tight three-setter last year at the Rolex Paris Masters, won by Griekspoor.

The Dutchman is the first seeded opponent Djokovic could face (in the quarter-finals). Third seed Fritz and eighth seed Jack Draper, who faces Tomas Machac in the first round, are also in the Serbian’s half of the draw.

Humbert leads Lyon field
Home favourite Ugo Humbert leads the field at the Open Parc in Lyon. The top seed, who will pursue his third title of the year — and second in France — will begin his event against German Dominik Koepfer or American Brandon Nakashima

There are two other seeded players from France: third seed Adrian Mannarino and eighth seed Gael Monfils.

A player to watch is seventh seed Mariano Navone, who is at a career-high World No. 31. The Argentine reached his first two ATP Tour finals earlier this year in Rio de Janeiro and Bucharest. He will play Pavel Kotov in the first round and could face second seed Alexander Bublik if both reach the quarter-finals.

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