Australian Open: Rafael Nadal vs. Denis Shapovalov 1/25/22 Tennis Prediction

Rafael Nadal vs Denis Shapovalov
January 25, 2022 12:00 am EDT

Rafael Nadal (6) will play against Denis Shapovalov (14) in the Quarter-Finals of the 2022 Australian Open. The match will be played on Tuesday January 25th, 2022.

A tremendous battle is upon us at the Australian Open as former champion Rafael Nadal will battle young Denis Shapovalov for a Semi-Final berth. Both lefties have been fantastic so far at this event and confidence will be high. Nadal is the obvious favorite given his experience and championship pedigree here, but Shapovalov has been in the form of his life to start this year, and will definitely give the legend a run for his money.

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Rafael Nadal is one of the legends of the sport, winning 20 Grand Slam titles and being ranked at #1 for many years. Now that he is slowly approaching the end of a historic career, he isn’t quite the phenomenon that he once was, but is still one of the best players in the world and one of the biggest contenders for the title here at the Australian Open. He ha looked great to start the year, winning the title at his only warm up event and has reached the Quarter-Finals without missing a beat. He cruised past Adrian Mannarino in straight sets in the Round of 16, and it will take some inspired tennis from his opponent Denis Shapovalov to get the win here.

Denis Shapovalov is the 14th ranked player in the world and is seeded the same number, 14 here at the Australian Open. The talented young Canadian led his team to victory at the ATP Cup, and is playing some of the best tennis of his life so far here at the Australian Open. After shocking 3rd seed Alexander Zverev in the Round of 16 he will be thinking that this may finally be his opportunity to go all the way, but he is in for another huge test in the form of one of the greatest players of all time, Rafael Nadal. Shapovalov has the firepower to win here, but the biggest test will be how he handles this occasion mentally.

This match will likely be closer than most expect, with Denis Shapovalov playing some amazing tennis. If this was a couple of years ago we would be predicting Rafael Nadal to win comfortably, but his slight decline coupled with the Canadian’s ascent will make for an amazing match. We still expect the Spaniard to get through here, but it won’t be easy. The difference here will be experience, and there is no-one that can match Nadal in that category. Expect Shapovalov to win a set or maybe even two, but will fall short to the former champion here.

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