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N. Kyrgios (AUS)
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L. Sonego (ITA)
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Nick Kyrgios begins his 2020 Australian Open campaign against Italian Lorenzo Sonego. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7pm (AEDT).
After an emotional month where he championed the cause when it came to bush fire relief and went within a whisker of competing in the final of the ATP Cup with his teammates, controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios returns to Melbourne Park for another tilt at his national open.
Sonego sits at a ranking of 52 and will be a strong outsider in this match, without any solid form in the majors.
Kyrgios, on the other hand, has looked in good shape throughout the summer. He has played well and appears to be a little more settled mentally than in previous years. That alone should be a dangerous sign for his competitors, with no one ever questioning his talent, only his temperament.
Melbourne Arena will provide the setting for the match and a wild and raucous crowd should be on hand to cheer home one of the most charismatic athletes in the draw. Kyrgios will look to use his powerful serve and thundering groundstrokes to take the initiative away from his opponent, while Sonego will attempt to frustrate the Australian by engaging him in rallies longer than he would prefer.
Sonego has some quality and pedigree yet should be no match for Kyrgios in his emotional return to Melbourne Park after what has been a sickening and sad summer. The Australian has led the way in terms of fundraising for the communities affected by the vicious fires that have engulfed the country and the fans will repay him with their support tonight.
Kyrgios in straight sets.
Start time: 7pm (AEDT) – estimated time only; match will begin after Alexei Popyrin vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has concluded, but not before 7pm
Court: Melbourne Arena
Odds: Kyrgios $1.11, Sonego $5.50
Head-to-head: Kyrgios 1, Sonego 0
Ranking: Kyrgios 26, Sonego 52
Career titles: Kyrgios 6, Sonego 1