Rafael Nadal vs. Joao Sousa
|Date & Time||Monday July 8, 2019, 8:00 AM (EDT)|
All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
J. Sousa +1400 / R. Nadal -3333
Rafael Nadal has made it into the fourth round at Wimbledon. At this stage of the tournament, Rafa will play against Joao Sousa from Portugal.
Rafael Nadal had a comfortable win in the previous round as he defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets. During the win, Rafa served exceptionally well as the Spaniard hit 11 aces which aided him in winning 84% of his service points. Rafael Nadal won all of his service games and 5 return games to secure a comfortable win.
It has been a strong tournament for Rafael Nadal as he had a tough draw but has made it through with comfort. Nadal has already beaten Nick Kyrgios at this tournament. Nadal was in top form prior to arriving at Wimbledon as the Spanish superstar won both the Italian Open and the French Open. Nadal has won Wimbledon twice and his current form suggests he will challenge for the title this season.
On the other side of the coin, Joao Sousa defeated Daniel Evans in 5 sets in the previous round. It was an extremely close match but Sousa held his nerve in the final set which allowed him to win the overall contest. During the victory, Joao Sousa received serve exceptionally well as the player won 8 return games. The serving was a problem for Sousa as he allowed Evans to win 7 break points. Sousa must improve his serve if he wishes to compete with Rafa.
Sousa has played well in this tournament as he eliminated Marin Cilic in the second round. This is expected to be a very tough match for Sousa as he is playing against the number 3 seed.
Rafael Nadal and Joao Sousa have played each other twice in the past. As it currently stands, Nadal has a 2-0 record against Sousa. The most recent match between Rafael Nadal and Joao Sousa was in 2016 at the Madrid Masters.
Joao Sousa has played well in this tournament but I see the player losing this match. Sousa has struggled with his serve and I see that being costly against a player like Rafa. Rafa is playing outstanding tennis and that Spaniard seems to be playing with lots of confidence. Rafa is the stronger player and I see him beating Joao Sousa in straight sets.