2020 Australian Open – Yoshihito Nishioka vs Novak Djokovic Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Yoshihito Nishioka vs Novak Djokovic taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Yoshihito Nishioka vs Novak Djokovic on and what time does it start? Friday 24th January, 2020 – not before 02:30 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Yoshihito Nishioka vs Novak Djokovic? Cloudy, 22c

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

Who won the last meeting between Yoshihito Nishioka and Novak Djokovic? Novak Djokovic beat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1, 6-2

THE LOWDOWN

YOSHIHITO NISHIOKA

  • Yoshihito Nishioka came through his second-round match in straight sets against an out-of-sorts Dan Evans to reach the third round of the Australian Open for the first time.
  • In fact, the 24-year-old is now in uncharted territory as he plays his first ever third-round match at a Grand Slam in what is likely the biggest of his young career so far.
  • Nishioka should garner a fair amount of support against world number two Novak Djokovic but their first and recent match at the Davis Cup finals suggests this could be over rather quickly.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • As predicted, Novak Djokovic came through his match with Japanese wildcard Tatsuma Ito in a comfortable straight-sets performance, posting 16 aces along the way with his new and improved service game looking strong.
  • The 32-year-old seven-time and reigning Australian Open champion will be aware of the game his next Japanese opponent gave Rafael Nadal at the ATP Cup and knows this will be tougher than it looks.
  • Djokovic has never lost in the third round of the Australian Open and you would have to go as far back as Wimbledon in 2016 to his last Grand Slam loss at this stage, to Sam Querrey in four sets.

THE PREDICTION

Yoshihito Nishioka is a tricky opponent for many players on tour as a diminutive left-hander with plenty of pace but Novak Djokovic had his number from the off at the Davis Cup Finals last November and this is likely to be just as convincing. Nishioka can push the Serb in a rally but is otherwise going to suffer in what should be straight-sets victory for the reigning champion.

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