Rafael Nadal vs. Federico Delbonis
Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM (Melbourne Park)
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In the second round of the 2020 Australian Open, Rafael Nadal will play against Federico Delbonis from Argentina.
Federico Delbonis won his previous outing in straight sets as he defeated Joao Sousa from Portugal. The serving was especially strong from Delbonis as he hit 11 aces which helped him win 71% of his service points. Federico Delbonis won all of his service games and 2 return games to secure the victory. The Australian Open has always been a tough tournament for Federico Delbonis as he has only won 3 matches at this event. This is expected to be a challenging match for Federico Delbonis as he is playing against the number 1 seed.
On the other side of the coin, Rafael Nadal will be hoping to ease into the later stages of the tournament. Nadal won her previous outing in straight sets. It was a dominant win for Rafa as he only lost 5 games in the entire match. The receiving was especially strong from Rafael Nadal as he won 55% of his receiving points which allowed him to break his opponent’s serve on 8 occasions. The serving was also solid since Nadal won over 80% of his service games. Nadal is looking in outstanding touch following a strong ATP Cup campaign where he led Team Spain to the final. Things are looking optimistic for Nadal as he enters this match.
Rafael Nadal and Federico Delbonis have played each other 3 times in the past with Nadal winning on all 3 occasions. The most recent match between these two players was in 2016 at the Olympics where Nadal won in straight sets.
Looking at this fixture, I see Nadal winning with some ease. Rafael Nadal is in outstanding form and he is playing at a level where I don’t see Federico Delbonis competing. This should be a match that Nadal can win in straight sets