2020 Australian Open – Nick Kyrgios vs Lorenzo Sonego Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Nick Kyrgios vs Lorenzo Sonego taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Nick Kyrgios vs Lorenzo Sonego on and what time does it start? Tuesday 21st January, 2020 – TBC (UK)

What is the expected weather for Nick Kyrgios vs Lorenzo Sonego? Light showers expected, 21c

What channel is Nick Kyrgios vs Lorenzo Sonego 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 Nick Kyrgios vs Lorenzo Sonego 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 Nick Kyrgios vs Lorenzo Sonego? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Nick Kyrgios and Lorenzo Sonego? Nick Kyrgios beat Lorenzo Sonego 7-5, 6-4

THE LOWDOWN

NICK KYRGIOS

  • Nick Kyrgios will be closely watched at this Australian Open after an emphatic ATP Cup campaign with Team Australia in which he won three out of four singles matches and a key doubles match in the quarter-finals to beat Great Britain.
  • The 24-year-old clearly revelled in team competition and his attitude and ethic was at his very best level throughout, though it will be fascinating to see how that may continue or change as he returns to the solo tour.
  • Kyrgios moved up to world number 26 from 30th place at the start of the year following his ATP Cup heroics and his relationship with the Australian public is probably at its best ever after his charitable efforts surrounding the bushfire crisis and his spirited team performances.

LORENZO SONEGO

  • Lorenzo Sonego has yet to win a tour-level match in 2020 after losing in the first round of both the Qatar Open and Auckland International to Laso Djere and Hubert Hurkacz respectively.
  • 24-year-old Sonego won his first and only ATP title last year on grass at the Antalya Open in Turkey but he typically performs best on clay, with a quarter-final at Monte-Carlo a particular highlight of last year.
  • Sonego came off the worse when he met Nick Kyrgios for the first time in a straight-sets loss to the Aussie in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters last year.

THE PREDICTION

Nick Kyrgios has always been popular viewing at Grand Slams but not always for the right reasons. However, the Australian Open this year should be one of great support for the talented Aussie as his relationship with home fans has never been better. The 24-year-old thrived with Team Australia at the ATP Cup and it will be a turn of pace for him and those watching on to not have captain Lleyton Hewitt encouraging him on, and perhaps he may think about enlisting the services of a coach this year. For now though, he can enjoy the adulation of the vast majority of a crowd that can pull him through what might be a hesitant opening win.

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