2020 Australian Open – Milos Raonic vs Novak Djokovic Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Milos Raonic vs Novak Djokovic taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Milos Raonic vs Novak Djokovic on and what time does it start? Tuesday 28th January, 2020 – not before 08:00 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Milos Raonic vs Novak Djokovic? Cloudy, 21c

What channel is Milos Raonic vs Novak Djokovic 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 Milos Raonic vs Novak Djokovic 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 Milos Raonic vs Novak Djokovic? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Milos Raonic and Novak Djokovic? Novak Djokovic beat Milos Raonic 7-5, 4-6, 6-3

THE LOWDOWN

MILOS RAONIC

  • 29-year-old Milos Raonic has quietly gone about four successive straight-sets victories at the Australian Open and must be taken seriously here as a former world number three.
  • Canada’s current number three beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round against all odds and backed that up with a convincing display against Marin Cilic – making an astounding 35 aces in the round of 16 alone.
  • Raonic has a terrible record over world number two Novak Djokovic having failed to beat the Serb in any of their nine previous encounters, including a straight-sets victory in the quarter-finals here back in 2015.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • Novak Djokovic had his serve broken by Diego Schwartzman in their round of 16 tie but otherwise came through comfortably in straight sets to reach the quarter-finals.
  • The reigning Australian Open champion is now on a 13-match winning streak dating back to a loss to Roger Federer at the ATP Finals last November and he last lost a quarter-final here in 2014 to Stan Wawrinka.
  • Djokovic’s 100% win percentage over Milos Raonic looks all the more convincing in sets as the Canadian has taken just two of 23 sets they have played between 2013 and their last match at the 2018 Cincinnati Masters.

THE PREDICTION

This should be a real spectacle between one of the best servers on tour and the game’s greatest defender. Milos Raonic made 35 aces against former US Open champion Marin Cilic but he will not have things his own way in service games against Novak Djokovic, who will be more than able to break the Canadian’s rhythm. Raonic has been something of a revelation at this tournament after a couple of troubling years, but players like Novak Djokovic have always been his ceiling and the Serb can make it 10 career wins over him here.

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