Roger Federer and Denis Istomin are going to face each other for the 7th time in their career in the first round of the Australian Open.

Federer

Seeded no.3, Roger is the defending champion and the hot favorite to win the Australian Open after Novak Djokovic. The Swiss Maestro was in excellent condition during the Hopman Cup as he won all his matches in straight sets when displaying fantastic tennis alongside a great fitness.

Istomin

Currently ranked no.99, during the last few months Denis has been playing mainly on the Challenger circuit where he has recently won the titles in Chicago and Almaty, but he is struggling at ATP level. Last time that he won a match on the main circuit was back at the beginning of August when he reached the final in Kitzbuhel starting straight from the qualifications.

H2H Roger Federer vs. Denis Istomin

Federer leads Istomin 6-0 in head to head matches, but he dropped a couple of sets in their last 2 encounters.

See details of Federer and Istomin H2H matches

H2H Roger Federer vs. Denis Istomin match preview Australian Open

 

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I am one of the main columnists for Tennistonic.com. I have been writing about tennis for the last 4 years. My passion for tennis dates back since the days of the Marat Safin challenging Roger Federer. I am a decent club player, but I have never reached those heights 🙂 Interested in the nextgen. Favorite players: Tsitsipas, Shapovalov, Tiafoe, De Minaur, and Coric. Curious to see what it is going to be with Kyrgios even if I am starting to think that he is a lost cause.
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I am one of the main columnists for Tennistonic.com. I have been writing about tennis for the last 4 years. My passion for tennis dates back since the days of the Marat Safin challenging Roger Federer. I am a decent club player, but I have never reached those heights 🙂 Interested in the nextgen. Favorite players: Tsitsipas, Shapovalov, Tiafoe, De Minaur, and Coric. Curious to see what it is going to be with Kyrgios even if I am starting to think that he is a lost cause.
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