ATP Cup 2020 – Novak Djokovic vs Kevin Anderson Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Novak Djokovic vs Kevin Anderson taking place? Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, Australia

When is Novak Djokovic vs Kevin Anderson on? Saturday 4th January, 2020 – not before 07:30 (UK)

What channel is Novak Djokovic vs Kevin Anderson on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Novak Djokovic vs Kevin Anderson? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Novak Djokovic vs Kevin Anderson? https://www.atpcup.com/tickets

Who won the last meeting between Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson? Novak Djokovic beat Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2

THE LOWDOWN

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • Novak Djokovic ended 2019 as the world number two after what could be considered a disappointing campaign by his standards, but shouldn’t be, after the Serb won both the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
  • The year-long battle with Rafael Nadal, who usurped him as world number one before the ATP Finals last year, was the backdrop for a fascinating year on tour and Djokovic will be reset and refocused on attempting to win a second “Nole Slam” once more.
  • The 32-year-old saw out 2019 with a spirited performance at the Davis Cup in Madrid where he won all three of his singles matches in straight sets before falling at the final hurdle in an epic doubles match against Russia.

KEVIN ANDERSON

  • 33-year-old Kevin Anderson has not played a tour-level match since his shock third-round exit at Wimbledon to Guido Pella as a knee injury saw him miss the rest of the 2019 season.
  • His first match back on tour does not get harder than this but he represents an interesting South African squad alongside Lloyd Harris, and they could spring the odd surprise at the ATP Cup.
  • Anderson is on the wrong end of an 8-2 head-to-head record with Novak Djokovic and while he is not expected to pose too much problem here, his last victory over the Serb was in a team competition at the 2018 Laver Cup.

THE PREDICTION

Novak Djokovic has faced Kevin Anderson on ten previous occasions, with a couple of blockbusters down the years, but he will be a heavier favourite than usual here as the big-serving South African returns from a long injury. Anderson can contribute heavily to the charitable aces total paying out towards tackling the Australian bushfires but he should otherwise fall nobly to the world number two.

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