Rafael Nadal vs. Milos Raonic - 9/21/19 Laver Cup Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rafael Nadal vs. Milos Raonic
Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 12:00 PM (Palexpo)
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Rafael Nadal and Milos Raonic meet in the 2019 tennis Laver Cup.
Rafael Nadal will play his first match since winning the US Open in five competitive sets that took nearly five hours to complete. Nadal was moving well in that tournament and had his return working, but his serve started to show weakness down the stretch, and he provided his opponent 15 break points in the final. Given his knee issues and the wear and tear of playing 10 matches since August, it’s always interesting to see how Nadal holds up on the physical hard courts. Given what we just saw, however, you can expect Nadal to come out hitting with great pace. Nadal hasn’t lost a match since the semifinals of Wimbledon. Nadal has won his last 10 matches on hard court.
Milos Raonic hasn’t played a match since the second round of Montreal and has split his last six matches overall. Raonic skipped out of the US Open due to a glute injury, so it’s fair to question his form entering this match. With just six sets under his belt since August, Raonic is sure going to be battling rust and possibly confidence issues. Raonic hasn’t served well in the last few matches he’s played, and he’s had issues with unforced errors as well. Of course, Raonic is capable of beating anybody you put in front of him when playing at a high level. Raonic has split his last four matches on hard court.
These two have played 12 times and Nadal has won nine of those matches, including the most recent meeting in the 2017 Australian Open. Eight of the 12 matches were decided in straight sets.
This is a big match in terms of names, but it’s impossible to pick Raonic to do anything based on the way this year has gone for him, the recent injury and the lack of recent reps. Nadal is high on confidence after just winning in New York, and he’s moving well on hard court, which hasn’t always been the case these last couple of years.
Give me Nadal in straight sets.