2020 Australian Open – Daniel Evans vs Mackenzie McDonald Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Daniel Evans vs Mackenzie McDonald taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Daniel Evans vs Mackenzie McDonald on and what time does it start? Monday 20th January, 2020 – 00:15 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Daniel Evans vs Mackenzie McDonald? Thundery showers expected, 22c

What channel is Daniel Evans vs Mackenzie McDonald 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 Daniel Evans vs Mackenzie McDonald 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 Daniel Evans vs Mackenzie McDonald? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Daniel Evans and Mackenzie McDonald? N/A

THE LOWDOWN

DANIEL EVANS

  • Dan Evans will enter the Australian Open as a seed for the first time in his career at 29 years old as at world number 33 he benefits from a couple of higher-ranked dropouts to seed 30th.
  • The current British number one is in the form of his life, buoyed on by the exhilaration of two successive international competitions for Great Britain in which he his level has vastly improved.
  • Evans beat the likes of David Goffin and Alex de Minaur in his best tournament performance to date at the ATP Cup to start 2020 off on a high but he most recently lost to Adelaide favourite Andrey Rublev in three sets.

MACKENZIE MCDONALD

  • World number 132 Mackenzie McDonald reached a career-high 57th in the ATP world rankings in May of last year after a strong showing at the Barcelona Open, losing in the third round to Daniil Medvedev.
  • 24-year-old McDonald came through then world number 87 Andrey Rublev in four sets at last year’s Australian Open before losing to Marin Cilic, also in four.
  • The American is clearly capable of bigger things than his current ranking and has reached as far as the round of 16 of a Grand Slam with an excellent run to a four-set defeat by Milos Raonic at Wimbledon 2018.

THE PREDICTION

Dan Evans’ heroic victories for Great Britain over David Goffin and Alex de Minaur at the ATP Cup were nothing short of sensational, but he will have to refocus here as a solo player after the highs of international competition. Despite losing to Andrey Rublev in his last match, Evans took a set off the in-form Russian for the first time since Roberto Bautista Agut managed it, also in defeat, at the Davis Cup last November. Evans’ level coming into the Australian can be read in this way – between beating David Goffin in two sets and losing to Rublev in three. That should see him comfortably come through Mackenzie McDonald here and onto a collision course with world number two Novak Djokovic for a match everyone will be watching.

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