Kevin Anderson vs Christian Garin – Prediction (ATP Cup Australia – 06.01.2020)

Anderson vs Garin. Preview and players comparison.

Playing his first match in nearly six months, Kevin Anderson produced an impressive performance in the ATP Cup opener as he made life difficult for the world #2 Novak Djokovic before losing out in two tiebreakers, 6-7 6-7. The big-serving South African fired seven aces and broke the Serbian’s serve once during the match. Regardless of the result, it was a positive outing for Kevin Anderson, especially considering he shut down his 2019 season early after Wimbledon due to right knee injury.

The last time Kevin Anderson won a match for South Africa in a team competition was in 2011 when he played a couple of Davis Cup ties against Netherlands and Croatia and won all his three singles rubber. Kevin Anderson, who impressed on the main tour in 2018 and attained his career-high ranking of #5, is currently sitting at #91 and will exit the top 100 group this Monday (lost the ATP Pune 2019 championship points). It is vital for him to bag a few wins in the ATP Cup this week, which would bring him back into the top 100 group later this month.

Christian Garin performed reasonably well against a far superior opponent in Gael Monfils on Saturday. The Chilean youngster led the second set by a break but failed to capitalize on it and lost the match in straight sets, 3-6 5-7.
Christian Garin had an unforgettable season in 2019 as he won over 30 matches on the main tour and lifted two ATP World Tour titles in Munich and Houston. It was an incredible achievement considering the Chilean had won only one main draw match in ATP Tour events before 2019.

World #33 Christian Garin went through a rough patch in the second half of the season but managed to recover and finish the season on a positive note by reaching the quarterfinal of Paris Masters and defeating Jan Lennard Struff in the Davis Cup Finals.
Kevin Anderson is by far the better player on hardcourt, and he deservedly starts the pair’s first-ever meeting as the favorite, but his lack of match time over the last six months should give the Chilean a lot of encouragement heading into this clash.

Match Info and Live Scores.

Competition: ATP – SINGLES: ATP Cup (Australia), hard (indoor).
Start: 06.01.2020, 1:40 UTC.

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