Australian Open 2018 - Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman Preview

Quick Facts

Where is Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman taking place? Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

When is Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman on and what time does it start? Sunday 21st January, 2018 - 03:30 (UK)

What channel is Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman on? Eurosport (UK) & Channel 7 (Australia)

Where can I stream Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman? The match can be streamed on both Eurosport Player and Sky Go (providing you have a Eurosport pass)

Where can I get tickets for Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman? https://resale.ticketmaster.com.au/australian-open-tickets-melbourne-vic-21-1-2018/tickets/2066365

The Lowdown

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Last year's runner-up is going from strength to strength in the tournament, with his third round encounter being a straightforward 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Damir Dzumhur.
  • Schwartzman is a step up in class but Nadal has won all three of their previous meetings without losing a set so he will feel he has the measure of his opponent.

DIEGO SCHWARTZMAN

  • Schwartzman has endured a tougher road so far, outlasting Dusan Lajovic in five sets in his first match and coming from a set down to defeat Alexandr Dolgopolov in the third round.
  • The Argentine's return is perhaps the strongest aspect of his game - he had the second best return games won % on the ATP tour last year when specifically looking at hard courts, so he will look to pressure Nadal's serve as much as possible.

The Statistics

The Prediction

Schwartzman is an accomplished all-round player and will certainly be no walkover for the world number one. This year's run to the fourth round represents his best performance at the Australian Open, but the way that Nadal has played in the first week in Melbourne indicates that this could be the end of the road for the Argentine. Nadal will be tested, but he has looked injury free so far and if that continues, he should reach the quarter-finals.