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15 Jan 2018 by TSZ

Australian Open 2018 - Aljaz Bedene vs Roger Federer Preview

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Quick Facts

Where is Aljaz Bedene vs Roger Federer taking place? Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

When is Aljaz Bedene vs Roger Federer on and what time does it start? Tuesday 16th January, 2018 - 08:00 (UK)

What channel is Aljaz Bedene vs Roger Federer on? Eurosport (UK) & Channel 7 (Australia)

Where can I stream Aljaz Bedene vs Roger Federer? The match can be streamed on both Eurosport Player and Sky Go (providing you have a Eurosport pass)

Where can I get tickets for Aljaz Bedene vs Roger Federer?
https://resale.ticketmaster.com.au/australian-open-tickets-melbourne-vic-16-1-2018/tickets/2066331

The Lowdown

ALJAZ BEDENE

  • Bedene, who recently switched allegiances back to Slovenia, has been handed perhaps the toughest possible draw in facing the reigning Australian Open champion.
  • The 28-year-old, who has fallen at the first hurdle in Melbourne on five previous occasions, has been fairly active in the early part of the year, reaching the second round in Qatar before losing a tight first round match to Benoit Paire in Sydney last week.

ROGER FEDERER

  • Federer's triumph here last year kick-started one of his most memorable years on tour and the bookies see him as favourite to retain the trophy for what would be his 20th Grand Slam title.
  • Federer has played down his own chances of a repeat success but was in fine form at the recent Hopman Cup, winning all four of his singles matches.

The Statistics

The Prediction

If his performances at the Hopman Cup are anything to go by, then 36-year-old Federer may still be the man to beat at the Australian Open this year. Bedene is capable of causing some problems on his day but he is unlikely to put much of a dent in the reigning champion, who should prevail with relative ease in straight sets.

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