2020 Australian Open – Dan Evans vs Yoshihito Nishioka Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Dan Evans vs Yoshihito Nishioka taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Dan Evans vs Yoshihito Nishioka on and what time does it start? Wednesday 22nd January, 2020 – TBC (UK)

What is the expected weather for Dan Evans vs Yoshihito Nishioka? Sunny intervals, 34c

What channel is Dan Evans vs Yoshihito Nishioka 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 Dan Evans vs Yoshihito Nishioka 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 Dan Evans vs Yoshihito Nishioka? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Dan Evans and Yoshihito Nishioka? Yoshihito Nishioka beat Dan Evans 6-4, 6-1

THE LOWDOWN

DAN EVANS

  • World number 32 Dan Evans got over some first-round nerves to eventually beat Mackenzie McDonald in five sets – the first time in his career he has fought back from two sets down to win a tour-level match.
  • 29-year-old Evans will benefit greatly from the early wobble under pressure, just as he did at the ATP Cup at the start of the year where he went on from a close loss to Grigor Dimitrov in the first match to go on and record three successive wins over David Goffin, Radu Albot and Alex de Minaur.
  • Evans will have to beat Yoshihito Nishioka for the first time having lost to the young Japanese player on two previous occasions, including last year at the Citi Open.

YOSHIHITO NISHIOKA

  • With Kei Nishikori injured, the hopes of Japan rest on young Yoshihito Nishioka’s shoulders and he got his Australian Open campaign underway with a convincing four-set victory over Laslo Djere.
  • The speedy left-hander is currently ranked at world number 71 and has been as high as 58th back in 2017, though his ability suggests he is some more consistency away from breaking the top 50.
  • Djere was Nishioka’s third top 50 player beaten this January, with two wins at the ATP Cup over Pablo Cuevas and Nikoloz Basilashvili proving his quality and he also took Rafael Nadal to a tiebreak.

THE PREDICTION

This should be a fascinating match between two of the more unorthodox players on tour and this could work in Yoshihito Nishioka’s favour as Dan Evans is used to being the awkward foe. As a 5”7 lefty, Nishioka has plenty of weapons that the British number one will quickly have to solve if he is to reach the third round where a career-day meeting with Novak Djokovic most likely awaits. His five sets against McDonald should serve as a warning, but while Nishioka will more than likely take a set, or two, Evans can battle through a match full of quality.

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