2020 Australian Open – Filip Krajinovic vs Roger Federer Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Filip Krajinovic vs Roger Federer taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Filip Krajinovic vs Roger Federer on and what time does it start? Wednesday 22nd January, 2020 – not before 09:15 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Filip Krajinovic vs Roger Federer? Partly cloudy, 27c

What channel is Filip Krajinovic vs Roger Federer 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 Filip Krajinovic vs Roger Federer 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 Filip Krajinovic vs Roger Federer? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Filip Krajinovic and Roger Federer? Roger Federer beat Filip Krajinovic 7-5, 6-3

THE LOWDOWN

FILIP KRAJINOVIC

  • Filip Krajinovic came through a massive five-set match against qualifier Quentin Halys, and only just, after taking the first two sets in tiebreaks and then resisting the Frenchman to win the decider.
  • The Serb is ranked 41st in the ATP world rankings and aiming to reach the third round of the Australian Open for just the second time after losing to Borna Coric at that stage last year.
  • Krajinovic will face Roger Federer for the fourth time in his career here having lost to the Swiss on all three previous occasions, although he did manage to take a set in one of those matches.

ROGER FEDERER

  • Roger Federer came through a first round match against Steve Johnson in relative ease with a straight-sets performance and the 38-year-old looked fresh and composed in his first match of 2020.
  • The world number three had not played a match on tour since his semi-final loss to eventual ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas last November, although he did play a series of exhibition matches with Sascha Zverev in South America following that.
  • The six-time former Australian Open champion is just two matches away from winning his 100th match at this Grand Slam – a feat he has already managed at his favoured Wimbledon.

THE PREDICTION

If there were expectations that Roger Federer might come into the Australian Open slightly rusty having not played a tour-level match in some time, he proved them wrong with a masterful display to ease to victory over Steve Johnson. While Filip Krajinovic could put up more of a test, the Serb has only won a set off the Swiss veteran in three previous matches and Federer is a man on a mission to reduce his play-time as much as possible. Another straight-sets victory would be ideal.

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