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16 Jan 2018 by TSZ

Australian Open 2018 - Rafael Nadal vs Leonardo Mayer Preview

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Quick Facts

Where is Rafael Nadal vs Leonardo Mayer taking place? Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

When is Rafael Nadal vs Leonardo Mayer on and what time does it start? Wednesday 17th January, 2018 - 03:00 (UK)

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

Where can I stream Rafael Nadal vs Leonardo Mayer? 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 Leonardo Mayer? https://resale.ticketmaster.com.au/australian-open-tickets-melbourne-vic-17-1-2018/tickets/2168942

The Lowdown

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Nadal showed no signs of ill-health in his emphatic first round victory over Estrella Burgos, with the Spaniard overcoming his Dominican opponent for the loss of just three games.
  • Rafa has a 4-0 career lead over his second round opponent Mayer, and most recently defeated him in the US Open last year.

LEONARDO MAYER

  • Mayer served exceptionally in his straight sets dispatch of Nicolas Jarry in the first round, winning a staggering 100% of points behind his first serve.
  • The Argentine has only won one of the 11 sets he has contested with Nadal but that did come in their most recent meeting at the US Open so he may take a degree of confidence from that.

The Statistics

The Prediction

If Mayer serves as well as he did in the first round, then he will certainly pose a stern test to Nadal at this early stage of the tournament. It would not be a huge surprise to see him take a set off the world number one, but ultimately it should be Nadal - who looked red hot in round one - who should prevail.

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