Nadal vs. Basilashvili
|Date & Time||Friday June 2, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nadal -10000 / Basilashvili +2500 -- Over/Under:
Nikoloz Basilashvili and Rafael Nadal meet in the third round of the 2017 French Open.
Nikoloz Basilashvili is coming off a straight sets win over Viktor Troicki that took 39 games to decide. In the victory, Basilashvili won 74 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Basilashvili has been spraying the ball all over the court this tournament and has 87 winners in his first two matches. Basilashvili also won three tie breaks in the second round, so the 25-year-old should be rather confident in his current form. This is the second third round appearance for Basilashvili in a grand slam. Basilashvili hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in his career. Basilashvili has two career wins over top-10 players. Basilashvili has won five of his last six matches on clay court.
Rafael Nadal is coming off a straight sets win over Robin Haase that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Nadal won 76 percent of his first serve points and 85 percent of his second serve points. Nadal has been lights out with his serve in his first two matches and has actually won more points on his second serve than his first in the first two rounds. Nadal has now won 18 of his last 20 sets played on clay and looks like someone who is on a mission to win their first grand slam title since 2014. Nadal hopes to make the fourth round of the French Open for the 12th time in his career. However, Nadal was bounced in the third round of last years French Open. Nadal has won nine of his last 10 matches on clay court.
This will be their first time meeting on the tennis court.
Basilashvili is no pushover, as he's a young player who is climbing the rankings rather quickly and does have career wins over Tomas Berdych and Dominic Thiem. He could make this a competitive match in a loosing effort. But as for a win, Nadal isn’t losing given his form, as he's been dialed in on clay all season long and is in his comfort zone in this tournament. Nadal looks like Nadal right now, and I’m not sure anybody is slowing him down right now.
I’ll take Nadal in three sets.