2019 Australian Open – Novak Djokovic vs Mitchell Krueger Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Novak Djokovic vs Mitchell Krueger taking place? Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

When is Novak Djokovic vs Mitchell Krueger on and what time does it start? Tuesday, January 15th – not before 8:00 (UK)

What channel is Novak Djokovic vs Mitchell Krueger on in the UK? This match will be televised on Eurosport (Sky channels 410 & 411)

Where can I stream Novak Djokovic vs Mitchell Krueger in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

Where can I get tickets for Novak Djokovic vs Mitchell Krueger? https://ausopen.com/tickets?da...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • World number one Novak Djokovic’s last match was a semi-final defeat to Andy Murray’s conquerer Roberto Bautista Agut at the Qatar Open in which he took the first set
  • The Serbian put his worrying early form behind him last year, winning both Wimbledon and the US Open, but surprisingly lost in the ATP Finals to rising-star Sascha Zverev to complete the year on a 53-12 record.
  • Djokovic has never played his first round opponent Mitchell Krueger but the six-time former champion has progressed from the first round of the Australian Open in each of the past 12 years.

MITCHELL KRUEGER

  • American Mitchell Krueger fought his way through the qualifying rounds of the Australian Open by winning three matches, beating the 20th and 13th seeds on his way to the first round proper.
  • The 25-year-old world number 230 has lost his previous four Challenger round of 32 matches by three sets, and by losing the first and third sets of those matches, which suggests he needs to work on his mentality as much as his game.
  • Krueger has never ranked higher than 169th in the world and has little-to-no experience of facing a player like Novak Djokovic, but he has beaten Frenchman Benoit Paire this year in a significant scalp.

THE PREDICTION

In one of the more obvious calls of the Australian Open first round, it is a cruel match-up for qualifier Mitchell Krueger to face the world number one and former champion Novak Djokovic. The American shows a mental weakness in his results that suggests a fragility the Serb will waste no time in exploiting, and it should be a routine victory for the 14-time Grand Slam winner. Djokovic in straight sets.