2018 US Open – Yoshihito Nishioka vs Roger Federer Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

Where is Yoshihito Nishioka vs Roger Federer taking place? Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing Meadows, New York

When is Yoshihito Nishioka vs Roger Federer on and what time does it start? Wednesday 29th August, 2018 - (not before) 00:00 (UK)

What channel is Yoshihito Nishioka vs Roger Federer on? Amazon have exclusive rights to this year’s US Open, so coverage is online only

Where can I stream Yoshihito Nishioka vs Roger Federer? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match online via Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Yoshihito Nishioka vs Roger Federer? https://www.usopen.org/en_US/tickets/index.html

THE LOWDOWN

YOSHIHITO NISHIOKA

  • World number 177 Nishioka is still on the comeback trail after an ACL injury last year but has been able to use his protected ranking to earn direct entry into the US Open main draw.
  • The Japanese player's best result on the ATP tour this year is a run to the quarter-finals in Mexico earlier this month and that will have given him some belief that brighter days are ahead of him.
  • He has once before progressed beyond the first round in New York, beating Paul-Henri Mathieu over five sets in 2015 before losing to Thomaz Bellucci in the second round.

ROGER FEDERER

  • As always, Federer is expected to contend for the title - especially given that he won the Australian Open earlier this year on a similar surface - but the bookmakers have him as a distant third favourite behind reigning champion Rafael Nadal and in-form Novak Djokovic.
  • His preparation for this event has been as calculated and meticulous as ever. After disappointment at Wimbledon, Federer skipped the Rogers Cup entirely in order to fully recover before reaching the finals in Cincinnati earlier this month.
  • It's a long time ago now since the Swiss star won five straight US Open titles and at the age of 37, he is unlikely to have many more opportunities to add to that tally.

THE STATISTICS

THE PREDICTION

Roger Federer - despite not being heavily favoured for the title after some tough losses in recent months - remains a huge draw and he will fully expect to reach the latter stages of the tournament, as he usually does in New York. The main attribute that Nishioka will bring to the table in this first meeting between the two is that he is left-handed, which Federer has on occasion struggled against in the past.

However, there is a significant gulf in class between the two and you should expect to see Federer dictate play with relative ease and go on the offensive as soon as the opportunity arises. A straight sets victory for the five-time winner is a likely outcome.