Frances Tiafoe vs. Rafael Nadal
|Date & Time||Thursday May 9, 2019, 2:00 PM (EDT)|
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Spanish tennis legend, Rafael Nadal has made it into the third round of the 2019 ATP Madrid Open. Nadal will play against Frances Tiafoe from the United States.
Rafael Nadal looked very solid in the previous round as the Spaniard beat Felix Auger Aliassime in straight sets. Nadal received serve exceptionally well as he won 47% of his return points. Nadal won 4 break points. In addition to receiving, Nadal was also very strong while serving as the Spanish superstar won 89% of his service games. Nadal is playing in his home country and the world number 2 has an outstanding record at the Madrid Masters. Rafa has won the title at Madrid 5 times in the past with the most recent win taking place in 2017. Nadal is considered to be the best clay court player in the world and I see him dominating throughout this tournament.
On the other side of the coin, Frances Tiafoe won his previous match in 3 sets. It was a tight contest for the American as he lost the second set. Tiafoe won 79% of his service games and 4 return games during the win. Tiafoe has been in decent form this season but he will be a massive underdog since he is playing Nadal in Spain.
Rafael Nadal and France Tiafoe have played each other once in the past. The match was played earlier in the season at the Australian Open where Rafa won in straight sets.
Tiafoe has been impressive this season but I see the American losing this match comfortably. Nadal is an outstanding player and the Spaniard always gets a boost when playing in his home country. It is rare to see Nadal lose on clay and I don’t see that happening in this match. I am picking Rafa to win in straight sets.