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In a bid for more clay action, Novak Djokovic wins the late wild card at the Geneva Open

Unexpectedly entering the Geneva Open, the last men’s warm-up before the French Open, is Novak Djokovic, who may start against competitor and old buddy Andy Murray.

The last wild card was given to top-ranked Djokovic on Friday, according to the Geneva organizers. On Sunday, the main draw will begin.

If Murray defeats Yannick Hanfmann in the first round, which was drawn on Friday, he will face Djokovic in the second round thanks to his wild card.

Murray is the opponent that Djokovic has a 25-11 lifetime record against, including a 5-2 record in Grand Slam finals. However, the pair haven’t played in a professional match in almost seven years. In a three-set match in February 2017, Djokovic prevailed in Doha.

On Wednesday, Djokovic turns 37, and he may play his first tournament match in Switzerland since 2011. That may be their next encounter.

After an unexpected defeat to Alejandro Tabilo, ranked 32nd, in the Italian Open’s third round on Sunday, Djokovic is now seeking more clay court matches before defending his title at Roland Garros.

His 24 Grand Slam singles championships set a men’s record. On May 26, the French Open gets underway.

In the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo clay tournament this season, Djokovic was defeated by Casper Ruud. After winning in 2021 and 2022, the seventh-ranked Ruud will go for a third Geneva crown.

The last time Djokovic competed in a competition in Switzerland was in October 2011, when he lost to Kei Nishikori in Basel during Roger Federer’s homecoming tournament quarterfinals. Federer has lost the first two Basel finals against Djokovic.

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