Rafael Nadal vs. Daniel Evans
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 7, 2019, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
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Rafael Nadal and Daniel Evans meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Rogers Cup.
Rafael Nadal will play his first match since the semifinals of Wimbledon and will play his first match on hard court since Indian Wells, which was nearly five months ago. Nadal has had issues with his knee over the years and hard court seems to be where it flairs up the most, so it’s going to be interesting to see how he holds up throughout this tournament. Heck, Nadal needed two exhibition matches before Wimbledon to see if he was healthy enough to give it a go, so his fitness is certainly worth questioning. Either way, Nadal has won 20 of his last 22 matches, so if he’s fit, he’s more than capable of winning this tournament. Nadal has won four of his last five matches on hard court.
Daniel Evans is coming off a straight sets win over Alex De Minaur that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Evans won 77 percent of his first serve points and 52 percent of his second serve points. Evans won 66 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his two break points. Evans got 59 percent of his first serves in play and saved seven of his eight break points. Evans looks to win back-to-back matches for the fourth time in his last five tournaments. Evans has three career wins over top-10 players, with one of those wins coming this year. Evans has won five of his last seven matches on hard court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Evans just beat a respectable player in the first round and has been competitive these last couple of months. Evans can make this match better than expected if he does a better job of limiting break points. With that said, Nadal is a top-three favorite in this tournament as long as the knee holds up, and he’s in little to no danger in this match. Evans doesn’t have enough success against the top tier players to take him seriously.
Nadal in straight sets.