17-time Grand Slam winner, Rafael Nadal has made it into the fourth round of the 2019 ATP Australian Open. At this stage of the tournament, Rafael Nadal will play against Tomas Berdych from the Czech Republic.
Tomas Berdych enters this match having won his previous clash against Diego Schwartzman in 4 sets. Berdych lost the opening set of the match but fought back exceptionally well to win the next 3 sets. During the match, Tomas Berdych served exceptionally well as he hit 19 aces while winning close to 70% of his service points. In addition to his serving, Tomas Berdych also returned serve well as he won 3 break points. Berdych is hugely experienced but I am expecting him to struggle in this match as he is playing against the world number 2.
On the other side of the court, Rafael Nadal beat Alex de Minaur in his previous match. It was a complete performance by Nadal as he won 5 return games while winning 100% of his service games. Nadal has a great record at Melbourne Park which is indicated by the fact that he won the Australian Open title in 2009. Considering his history at the venue and his current form, Rafael Nadal will be very hard to beat.
Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych have played 23 times in the past. As it currently stands, Nadal has the stronger head-to-head record of 19-4. The most recent match between these two players was in 2015 at the Madrid Masters where Nadal won in straight sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Rafael Nadal to win this match. Nadal is much more accomplished and is a much more skilled player when compared to Tomas Berdych. Nadal just won his previous match comfortably and I see him winning this match also.