On Wednesday, Yosuke Watanuki and Sebastian Korda will square off in the second round of the Australian Open.
Following an outstanding performance in the Adelaide International 1, Korda entered the Australian Open. In order to reach the final, he overcame players like Yoshihito Nishioka, Jannik Sinner, and Roberto Bautista Agut, but he was unable to beat Novak Djokovic. In an exciting three-set match, the Serb outwitted Korda 6-7(8), 7-6(3), 6-4. The Australian Open’s twenty-ninth seed got off to a tough start by defeating Christian Garin. He won 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 in four sets over the Chilean.
The Japanese player advanced to the semifinals of the Canberra Challenger before competing in the Australian Open. For the first time in his career, he qualified for the hardcourt Major’s main draw. The 24-year-old won convincingly against Arthur Rinderknech in the first round after defeating competitors including Philip Sekulic, Mikhail Kukushkin, and Juan Pablo Varillas in the qualifiers. He defeated the Frenchman 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 in straight sets.
Korda vs Watanuki Match Details
Tournament: Australian Open
Date: January 18
Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia
Round: First round
Category: Men’s Singles
Prize Money: A$76,500,000
Korda vs Watanuki Head-to-Head Record
In their head-to-head matchup, Watankuki is ahead of Korda 1-0. He most recently defeated him 6-3, 7-5 at the 2020 Dallas Challenger.
Korda vs Watanuki Prediction
Although the Japanese is on a four-match winning run, the tie will be decided in favour of Korda due to his current form and main tour experience. The American will face Watanuki, a player who puts in a lot of effort, but if he maintains his concentration throughout the match, he should be able to secure a spot in the third round of the 2023 Australian Open.
Prediction: Korda to win in 4
Korda Last three performances
- Australian Open: First round- b. Garin 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
- Adelaide International 1: Final- l. Djokovic 7-6(8), 6-7(3), 4-6
- Adelaide International 1: Semifinal- b. Nishioka 7-6(5), 1-0 (Walkover)
Watanuki Last three performances
- Australian Open: First round- b. Rinderknech 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
- Canberra Challenger: Semifinal- l. Fucsovics 2-6, 5-7
- Canberra Challenger: Quarterfinal- b. Gombos 7-5, 6-4
Broadcast and Live Stream Details
- US – Tennis Channel
- UK – Tennis TV (live streaming)
- Australia – beIN Sports
- Canada – TSN
- India – Discovery/ Tennis TV
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