Roger Federer vs. Steve Johnson
Monday, January 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM (Melbourne Park)
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Roger Federer will begin his 2020 Australian Open campaign on Monday. Federer will begin his tournament against Steve Johnson from the United States.
Steve Johnson started his tournament playing two Challenger tournaments. Johnson made the quarterfinal of the Challenger Canberra tournament and also performed extremely well at the Challenger Bendigo tournament. Despite those results, Steve Johnson may struggle at this tournament as he has not played a full ATP tournament in 2020. This is an extremely tough start to the tournament for Steve Johnson as he is playing against an incredible player in Roger Federer.
On the other side of the coin, Roger Federer has not played in 2020 after deciding to withdraw from the ATP Cup. Roger Federer had a modest 2020 season as he failed to win any Grand Slam events but still managed to perform extremely well. Federer finished his 2019 season at the ATP Finals where he reached the semifinals. At the age of 38, Roger Federer is near the end of his legendary career but the Swiss superstar has still managed to maintain his incredible standards. The Australian Open has been a good tournament for Roger Federer as he has won the title on 6 occasions. The most recent Australian Open title win for Roger Federer was in 2018.
Roger Federer and Steve Johnson have played each other twice in the past. Roger Federer has won both prior head-to-head matches. The most recent match between these two players was in 2017 at the Indian Wells Masters where Federer won in straight sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Roger Federer to win this match. Federer has not had any preparation tournaments but the Swiss Master has been looking in good touch and will be confident in his ability to win with some ease. There is a big skill gap between the players and I see Roger Federer being good enough to secure a straight-sets win.