2020 Australian Open – Steve Johnson vs Roger Federer Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Steve Johnson vs Roger Federer taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Steve Johnson vs Roger Federer on and what time does it start? Monday 20th January, 2020 – TBC (UK)

What is the expected weather for Steve Johnson vs Roger Federer? Thundery showers expected, 22c

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

Who won the last meeting between Steve Johnson vs Roger Federer? Roger Federer beat Steve Johnson 7-6, 7-6

THE LOWDOWN

STEVE JOHNSON

  • At the time of writing Steve Johnson is preparing for the Australian Open by competing in a Challenger event in which he is seeded fourth and through to the semi-finals.
  • 30-year-old Johnson is ranked at world number 81 coming into his eighth Australian Open campaign and he has reached as far as the third round on two previous occasions (2015, 2016).
  • The American made it through to the third round of Wimbledon last year but otherwise fell at the earliest stage of the other three Grand Slams, with a semi-final exit at the Winston-Salem Open a highlight of his year.

ROGER FEDERER

  • World number three Roger Federer’s last match on tour came in a semi-final defeat by Stefanos Tsitsipas at the ATP Finals in November, where he also lost to Dominic Thiem in the round robin stage.
  • The Swiss number one is joint-second alongside Roy Emerson in the all-time Australian Open titles list on six, one behind reigning champion Novak Djokovic, and most recently won the Grand Slam in 2018.
  • It is no surprise to find that Federer holds a 100% win percentage over Steve Johnson out of two previous meetings, though they have not faced each other since Indian Wells in 2017.

THE PREDICTION

Roger Federer did not win a Grand Slam in a calendar year for the first time since an injury-hampered 2016 last year and it is apparent that 2020 is his last chance to change that as the next generation truly start to force their way in. Even that will be a massive achievement for the Swiss, who will turn 39 this year, but it would be foolish to count him out of any championship until the day of his retirement. His Grand Slam record in 2019 suggests he might not have things all his own way here, as he lost the opening sets of his first matches at both Wimbledon and the US Open. Steve Johnson has it in him to take a tiebreak set off the world number three, but Federer will prevail.

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