World no. 1 Novak Djokovic faces American rising star Ryan Harrison in what should be an entertaining Australian Open second round clash on Rod Laver Arena. Join us for live scores and commentary from 9:00pm AEDT.
Djokovic was impressive in his opening victory over Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu and will be favoured to continue on his winning ways tonight.
The reigning Australian Open champion might not get it all his own way though when he faces one of the ATP’s rising stars in Harrison.
Harrison took a set off Andy Murray in the Australian Open last year and has the weapons to make life difficult for Djokovic.
Although he has yet to take a set off Djokovic in two meetings, the American did impress when he played the Serb in Wimbledon last year before succumbing in three tight sets.
Harrison’s game is all about going on the offensive. He possesses a big serve and forehand shot that can do great damage when on song.
Like all young players however, Harrison does struggle with consistency and can fall away pretty quickly when things don’t go his way.
Compounding Harrison’s problem will be the fact that he faces arguably the most consistent and intense player on the ATP tour in Djokovic.
The five time Grand Slam winner is the best returner in the men’s game and his court coverage remains rivalled only by tennis superstars Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.
Djokovic’s double handed backhand and forehand shots are also match winners in their own right, so Harrison really has it all to do tonight against the most complete player on tour.
With nothing to lose tonight, Harrison must be aggressive against Djokovic to have any chance of taking a set off the Serb, let alone producing a monumental upset.
The American certainly has the talent to cause Djokovic a few problems tonight but the machine like precision and movement from the world no.1 should prove too tough to overcome for Harrison.
Djokovic in three sets.