After a frustrating year both on and off the court, few would have expected Djokovic to arrive in Paris as the favourite, particularly after Rafael Nadal’s success in Melbourne earlier in the season.
But the world number one has played himself into form and looked incredibly impressive a week ago as he stormed to the Italian Open title without dropping a set.
A potential quarter-final clash against Nadal looms in the distance, though that will not be the focus for Djokovic yet as he looks to make his way through the opening rounds.
First up is Nishioka, ranked 94th in the world. The 26-year-old has had an incredibly poor clay-court season up to this point, and has never made it past the second round of the French Open.
Date, venue and UK start time
The first-round match between Novak Djokovic and Yoshihito Nishioka will take place on Monday, May 23.
It’s an evening match for the two of them, scheduled to get underway at approximately 7:45pm BST.
Alex Molcan or Federico Coria await the winner in the second round.
How to watch Novak Djokovic vs Yoshihito Nishioka
TV channel: The 2022 French Open will be shown on Eurosport.
Eurosport 1 HD is channel 410 on Sky, 435 on BT and 521 on Virgin Media.
Live stream: The tournament will be available online via discovery+, with a monthly pass costing £6.99. Every match across all courts will be shown both live and on-demand.
Novak Djokovic vs Yoshihito Nishioka head-to-head record
The pair have met just once before, in the third round of the Australian Open in 2020. Djokovic came through that day in straight sets.
Djokovic wins: 1
Nishioka wins: 0