Yoshihito Nishioka vs. Novak Djokovic - 1/23/20 Australian Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Novak Djokovic vs. Yoshihito Nishioka
Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Australia)
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Novak Djokovic and Yoshihito Nishioka meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Tatsuma Ito that took 24 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 93 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic won 83 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his nine break points. Djokovic got 72 percent of his first serves in play and didn’t face a single break point in the victory that took less than two hours. If Djokovic is going to get so many free points with his service game, he’s going to be extremely tough to beat the rest of the way. Djokovic hasn’t lost before the fourth round of a grand slam since the 2017 Australian Open. Djokovic has won eight straight matches on hard court.
Yoshihito Nishioka is coming off a straight sets win over Daniel Evans that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Nishioka won 75 percent of his first serve points and 55 percent of his second serve points. Nishioka won 70 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his seven break points. Nishioka got 75 percent of his first serves in play and saved both of his break points. Nishioka has now won five straight sets and looks to win three straight matches for the first time since Cincinnati. Nishioka looks to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in his career. Nishioka has two career wins over top-10 players, both coming last year. Nishioka has won five of his last seven matches on hard court.
These two played once, which was in last years Davis Cup, a match Djokovic won in straight sets. The match was decided in 15 games.
Nishioka is a player who has been on the rise the last couple of years and shouldn’t be taken lightly given that he’s improving his game and seeing more and more recent success. With that said, Djokovic in a grand slam is a completely different animal, and it takes an extreme level of focus just to steal a set from him. While a player to watch moving forward, Nishioka isn’t at that level yet.
Give me Djokovic in straight sets.