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14 May 2019 by Adam Evans

2019 Italian Open – Jeremy Chardy vs Rafael Nadal Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

Where is Jeremy Chardy vs Rafael Nadal taking place? Foro Italico, Rome

When is Jeremy Chardy vs Rafael Nadal on and what time does it start? Wednesday 15th May, 2019

What channel is Jeremy Chardy vs Rafael Nadal on? BT Sport (check schedule for specific channel)

Where can I stream Jeremy Chardy vs Rafael Nadal? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match via the BT Sport Player

Where can I get tickets for Jeremy Chardy vs Rafael Nadal? https://ticketing.internazionalibnlditalia.com/

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings:
Jeremy Chardy 0-2 Rafael Nadal
Last meeting:
Rafael Nadal beat Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-4

JEREMY CHARDY

  • Jeremy Chardy won a set either side of a Richard Gasquet fightback (6-1, 4-6, 6-3) to set-up a second-round tie with tournament favourite Rafael Nadal.
  • 32-year-old Chardy will have a lot less in his legs when he faces Nadal as he is also competing in the doubles event with David Goffin, with whom he played a round of 16 tie on Tuesday.
  • The Frenchman has faced Rafael Nadal twice before, losing on both occasions, but the two have not met on clay since 2013.

RAFAEL NADAL

  • World number two Rafael Nadal received a bye to the second round of the Italian Open after missing out in the semi-finals of the Madrid Open to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
  • The Spaniard is going for his ninth title here in Rome after beating Alexander Zverev in last year’s final and this is the last ATP event before his beloved Roland Garros.
  • Nadal finds himself in the kinder side of the draw, with main rival this year Novak Djokovic on the other end, but he could face Dominic Thiem at the quarter-finals stage.

THE PREDICTION

Rafael Nadal so often steamrollers opponents in the early rounds of tournaments, especially on clay, and Jeremy Chardy will likely put up little opposition. The Frenchman showed a little fight against Novak Djokovic in Madrid last week, but Rafa is even more ruthless on his day and should brush him aside with minimal fuss. This should be a straight sets victory, leaving little left on the scoreboard for Chardy to shout about.

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