Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic has struggled with form and injury issues over the past two monthsGetty

Novak Djokovic takes on Grigor Dimitrov in the third round of the Men's Singles clash of the 2016 BNP Paribas Masters at the AccorHotels Arena on 3 November (Thursday).

Where to Watch Live

The match starts at 12pm GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Click here for live streaming link. Also, Tennis TV provides live coverage of the match. Live scores and regular updates will be available on ATP's official website.

Overview

World number one Novak Djokovic for once in a long time came into a tournament under pressure with the top ranking spot in balance, but the Serb showed just why he is considered to be one of the best players in recent history cruising past Gilles Muller 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the BNP Paribas Masters on 2 November (Wednesday).

The past few months have not been very good for the Serb, who has suffered from a loss and form and injuries. However, Djokovic put that behind and put in an impressive performance against the big serving Muller.

While Djokovic does look a little tired, he comes into this clash as the favourite to progress to the quarter-final and look to defend his title.

His opponent on the day, world number 18 Grigor Dimitrov has been in decent form and is looking to reach his third Masters 1000 Series quarter final of 2016. Despite his improvement over time, the Bulgarian still lacks consistency, something which could hurt him when he squares up to Djokovic.

Dimitrov has beaten the Serb once in the past, way back in 2013 and will need to play out of his skin if he has to emerge victorious against the world number one come Thursday.

Betting Odds (betfair)

  • Novak Djokovic to win: 1/8
  • Grigor Dimitrov to win: 5

Head-To-Head

The duo have faced off six times in the past with Djokovic winning five of those encounters. They last met in the quarter-final of the 2014 Beijing Open with the Serb winning 6-2, 6-4.

Paris Masters history

Djokovic and Dimitrov will face each other for the first time at the Paris Masters.