2020 Australian Open – Alexei Popyrin vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Alexei Popyrin vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Alexei Popyrin vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on and what time does it start? Tuesday 21st January, 2020 – TBC (UK)

What is the expected weather for Alexei Popyrin vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga? Light rain expected, 21c

What channel is Alexei Popyrin vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on? The 2020 Australian Open will be televised on Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedule for this specific match

Where can I stream Alexei Popyrin vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 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 Alexei Popyrin vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Alexei Popyrin and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga? N/A

THE LOWDOWN

ALEXEI POPYRIN

  • Alexei Popyrin could not make it through the qualifiers of the Qatar Open and then lost in the first round of the Adelaide International to Laslo Djere to kick-off 2020 on a low.
  • The 20-year-old Aussie achieved a career-high 87th in the ATP world rankings last season but is currently at 95th as he enters his third Australian Open as one of 10 home players.
  • Popyrin reached the third round of this tournament last year by way of a defeat by default over Dominic Thiem in the second round, losing to Lucas Pouille in five gruelling sets.

JO-WILFRIED TSONGA

  • 34-year-old Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost to Serbia’s young prospect Miomir Kecmanovic in the round of 16 of the Qatar Open to start the new season on a negative note.
  • The well-loved veteran is a former finalist here, losing to Novak Djokovic as far back as 2008, and the Serb was his downfall again last year where he lost in the second round.
  • In terms of Grand Slam success, this is Tsonga’s most successful with that one final his sole runners-up trophy, but these days he remains a fans’ favourite who can give anyone a game on his day.

THE PREDICTION

While Jo-Wilfried Tsonga should come through this match rather easily, Alexei Popyrin has form at the Australian Open for battling against players ranked much higher than himself. Last season he eventually lost out to Tsonga’s compatriot Lucas Pouille in five sets having come back from two sets down to level things. There is plenty of scope for the young Aussie to cause the shock here, but winning a set is more likely in a Tsonga victory.

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