2020 Australian Open – Tatsuma Ito vs Novak Djokovic Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Tatsuma Ito vs Novak Djokovic taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Tatsuma Ito vs Novak Djokovic on and what time does it start? Wednesday 22nd January, 2020 – TBC (UK)

What is the expected weather for Tatsuma Ito vs Novak Djokovic? Sunny intervals, 32c

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

Who won the last meeting between Tatsuma Ito and Novak Djokovic? N/A

THE LOWDOWN

TATSUMA ITO

  • 31-year-old Tatsuma Ito was handed a wildcard for the Australian Open main draw and used it well with a straight-sets victory over qualifier Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the first round.
  • Ito is ranked at 146th in the ATP world rankings right now having previously reached a career-high 60th in 2012 and this looks to be the biggest match of his career against Novak Djokovic.
  • The Japanese fanbase is strong at the Australian Open and Ito will play the role of severe underdog against the world number two as he plays in his third second-round match to date at this Grand Slam.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • Novak Djokovic looked relaxed and happy to be back on court at the Rod Laver Arena against Jan-Lennard Struff, where the Serb later said he’d enjoyed the most success in his career to date.
  • 32-year-old Djokovic did not have it all his own way, though, and in a match where he played slightly looser than we’re used to seeing. Struff managed to win the second set before losing in four.
  • The seven-time and reigning Australian Open champion has lost in the second round at Melbourne just once since his debut in 2005, losing to Denis Istomin in five sets back in 2017.

THE PREDICTION

Novak Djokovic put on a show for his adoring fans on Rod Laver Arena against Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round and it is clear he feels more comfortable at this Grand Slam than perhaps any of the others. With the crowd more likely to be on his side here than Roland-Garros, Wimbledon or the US Open, it seemed he did not feel the need to turn the screw on Struff and only berated himself slightly when he lost a set. His fitness following an exhilarating ATP Cup win to start the year could come into question later in the tournament but he will be granted an easy time of it here against Japanese wildcard Tatsuma Ito, who could be handed a bagel or two along the way.

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