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09 May 2019 by Adam Evans

2019 Madrid Open – Frances Tiafoe vs Rafael Nadal Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

Where is Frances Tiafoe vs Rafael Nadal taking place? The Magic Box, Madrid

When is Frances Tiafoe vs Rafael Nadal on and what time does it start? Thursday 9th May, 2019 – 19:00 (UK)

What channel is Frances Tiafoe vs Rafael Nadal on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Frances Tiafoe vs Rafael Nadal? This match will be streamed live for subscribers of Amazon Prime

Where can I get tickets for Frances Tiafoe vs Rafael Nadal? https://www.madrid-open.com/en/tickets-mutua-madrid-open/

THE LOWDOWN

FRANCES TIAFOE

  • Rising star Frances Tiafoe has fought hard so far in this year’s Madrid Open with two three-set victories over Nikoloz Basilashvili and Phillip Kohlschreiber.
  • Tiafoe’s form this year looks average at 12-9 but his performances in this tournament so far mirror his efforts at the Australian Open back in January where he showed himself to be a hard-grafter.
  • The 21-year-old’s deep run in this year’s Australian Open was ended by his round of 16 opponent Rafael Nadal, and he now faces the Spaniard for only the second time.

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Rafael Nadal is in the hunt for his sixth Madrid Open title after beating his first opponent Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-3 with less ease than many predicted.
  • The world number two is in the kinder side of the draw, with both Djokovic, Federer and recent clay-nemesis Dominic Thiem all at the other side.
  • 32-year-old Nadal has not failed to reach the quarter-finals stage since 2012 where he was defeated by fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

THE PREDICTION

Frances Tiafoe must be cursing his luck to have met Rafael Nadal twice this year in tournaments where he has looked his dogged best. The young American has a lot of potential, and with that a lot of expectation, as the USA’s next big tennis star but he appears to be handling this well. However, having lost to Nadal on a hard court he now finds himself against the Spaniard in his home Open on his favoured surface, and will do well to give a good account of himself in defeat.

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