Rafael Nadal vs. Diego Schwartzman - 9/4/19 US Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Diego Schwartzman vs. Rafael Nadal
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 7:30 PM (USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
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Rafael Nadal will play against Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals of the 2019 US Open.
Diego Schwartzman had a big win in the previous round as he defeated Alexander Zverev in 4 sets. Schwartzman lost the opening set but fought back strongly to win the next 3 sets and the match. During the win, Schwartzman impressed with his receiving as he managed to win almost 50% of his receiving points which allowed him to break Alexander Zverev’s serve on 8 occasions. While the receiving was impressive, Schwartzman had issues while serving as he allowed his opponent to break his own serve on 5 occasions. Schwartzman has had a very strong tournament as he has only lost 1 set in the entire event. That being said, Schwartzman must improve his serving if he wishes to compete with Rafa.
Looking at Rafael Nadal, the Spanish superstar also took 4 sets to win his previous match as he defeated Marin Cilic. The match against Cilic was the first major test for Nadal and the form he displayed suggests the number 2 seed is in supreme form. During the win, Rafa won 88% of his service games and 6 return games. With the elimination for Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal is the highest-ranked player remaining and it should give the Spaniard extra motivation for the remainder of this tournament. Rafa has been in outstanding form this summer having won the Rogers Cup. Considering his form, Nadal will be very tough to defeat.
Rafael Nadal and Diego Schwartzman have played each other 7 times in the past. Nadal has won on all 7 occasions. The most recent match between these two players was earlier in the season at Indian Wells where Rafael Nadal won in straight sets.
Diego Schwartzman has had a very strong tournament but his serving seems to be an area where he lacks. Nadal has looked flawless this tournament and judging by prior head-to-head matches, he is very comfortable against Schwartzman. Rafael Nadal is the stronger player and I see him winning this match.