World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will start his quest for the calendar Grand Slam and his 21st major, to pass Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, at the US Open 2021 against Holger Rune, who reached the main draw through qualifiers. Here, check out everything there’s to know about this tennis match such as the preview, information, predictions, odds and how to watch it in the US.
Djokovic is just two weeks and seven matches away from making (more) history. If he wins the US Open, he will become the first man to complete the calendar year Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969. After not being able to win the Olympic medal, he will try to complete this achievement and redeem himself from last year, when he was disqualified after hitting a line-judge with a ball.
In the opener, he will face a Danish teenager, Holger Rune, who will play in a main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. The 18 year-old is World No. 145 and wants to start his journey in the Grand Slams with a good performance.
Novak Djokovic vs Holger Rune: Match Information
Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2021.
Time: 7:00 PM (estimated)
Location: Arthur Ashe Stadium, Billie Jean King Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows.
Novak Djokovic vs Holger Rune: Time by state in the US
ET: 7:00 PM
CT: 6:00 PM
MT: 5:00 AM
PT: 4:00 AM
Novak Djokovic vs Holger Rune: Head-to-head and storylines
Djokovic and Holger Rune have never faced each other on the ATP Tour. Rune has only played one year as a professional player, so it definitely will be a great experience for him to compete against the World No. 1. This year, Djokovic already played against a qualifier in his first round at Wimbledon, Jack Draper, who won him a set.
How to watch or live stream Novak Djokovic vs Holger Rune in the US
The match between Novak Djokovic and Holger Rune to be played on Tuesday, August 31 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium for the first round of the US Open 2021 will be broadcasted in the US by ESPN.
Novak Djokovic vs Holger Rune: Odds and predictions
Oddsmakers in the US had already made their predictions for this game. According to FanDuel, Novak Djokovic is the favorite with odds of -10000, while Holger Rune has odds of +3000.
*Odds by FanDuel