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Rafael Nadal vs. Facundo Bagnis 2016 French Open Pick, Odds, Prediction

Bagnis vs. Nadal
Date & Time Thursday May 26, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)
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Rafael Nadal and Facundo Bagnis square off in the second round of the 2016 French Open.

Rafael Nadal is coming off a straight sets win over Sam Groth that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Nadal won 89 percent of his first serve points and 86 percent of his second serve points. Nadal lost just one game in each set and had an incredible three unforced errors. Nadal looked like peak Nadal even if it was against a guy ranked 100th in the world and who has been struggling with injuries. Also, the quick match will help Nadal advance in this tournament as he’s able to rest and conserve energy for the later rounds. Nadal in his current form is a scary, scary tennis player. Nadal has never been eliminated before the fourth round of the French Open.

Facundo Bagnis is coming off a straight sets win over Kenny De Schepper that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Bagnis won 79 percent of his first serve points and 52 percent of his second serve points. Bagnis got off to a fast start by winning the first set 6-0, and he made his shots when it mattered most by winning a third set tiebreak. Bagnis has to be a confident player considering he’s recently cracked the top-100, has made the second round of a grand slam for the second time and is coming off a Santiago Challenger title. Bagnis has been consistent as of late for a guy who is more known for being a doubles player, but this is obviously a massive task. Bagnis has never reached the third round of a grand slam.

This will be the first time these two meet on the tennis court.

Bagnis got a nice little paycheck with his round one win, but this is where it stops for the 32-year-old. Nadal owns the French Open and in his current form, he’s not going to lose likely anytime soon.

It may be a little more competitive than his first match, but Nadal is going to win this one in straight sets.

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Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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