Michael Mmoh vs. Rafael Nadal - 2021 Australian Open Men's Singles Second Round
Thursday, February 11 2021
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Rafael Nadal (2) meets Michael Mmoh in the second round of the 2021 Australian Open on Thursday, February 11th 2021.
Will Rafael Nadal continue to cruise through his matches here or will Michael Mmoh be able to cause the most shocking upset in tennis in a very very long time on Thursday?
Michael Mmoh came through an extremely tight 5 set encounter against Viktor Troicki in the first round, beating the veteran 7-6/6-7/3-6/7-6/7-5. Mmoh was very up and down all match and he did not really impress much, especially as Viktor Troicki is not a tough opponent anymore and has not been for the last 3 years. Mmoh will have to hope for a miracle if he is to get anything out of this match, and the sloppiness and inability to remain consistent throughout the match will not aid him in getting anything done against the great Rafael Nadal here.
Rafael Nadal cruised through his first round match against Laslo Djere, beating the Serbian in straight sets 6-3/6-4/6-1. Nadal showed no signs of back issues as both his serve, and his movement around the court were superb on Tuesday. Nadal will only continue to improve throughout the tournament as he always does in Grand Slams, and he will be very happy with his side of the draw, as he is not going to have much competition for a while here in Melbourne. Will Rafael Nadal be able to cruise through another match here, or will we be in for a shocking upset?
This is going to be the first meeting between both players, and unfortunately for the world no.177, Michael Mmoh, this is going to be an absolute domination by Rafael Nadal here. Michael Mmoh struggled a lot against Viktor Troicki who cannot really do much on the ATP Tour anymore, therefore I just cannot see how he can get anything done against one of the toughest competitors in the history of tennis, Rafael Nadal. Nadal is going to come out here, want to get this match done in straight sets to ensure he can fully recover before his next match, and put on a performance for the fans. And he is going to do just that.