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14 Jan 2018 by TSZ

Australian Open 2018 - Rafael Nadal vs Victor Estrella Burgos Preview

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Quick Facts

Where is Rafael Nadal vs Victor Estrella Burgos taking place? Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

When is Rafael Nadal vs Victor Estrella Burgos on? Monday 15th January, 2018

What time does Rafael Nadal vs Victor Estrella Burgos start? 08:00 (UK)

What channel is Rafael Nadal vs Victor Estrella Burgos on? Eurosport (UK) & Channel 7 (Australia)

Where can I stream Rafael Nadal vs Victor Estrella Burgos? 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 Victor Estrella Burgos? https://resale.ticketmaster.co...

The Lowdown

RAFAEL NADAL

  • The world number one enters the Australian Open hoping to go one better after losing an epic five-set final to Roger Federer last year.
  • The Spaniard's preparation has not been ideal due to his ongoing knee issues but he did look relatively pain free in a recent Tie Break Tens event.

VICTOR ESTRELLA BURGOS

  • Estrella Burgos is a huge underdog here as he has not won a match at ATP level since the first round of the French Open in May last year.
  • The world number 81 has never faced Nadal but he surely has to hope that his opponent is not fully fit in order for him to stand a chance.

The Statistics

The Prediction

All eyes will be on Nadal's movement in this first round as he has not played a great deal of tennis following his withdrawal from the ATP World Tour finals in November due to his troublesome knee problems. There have been some signs of recent improvement though and if he is near his best, he will expect to overcome Estrella Burgos in straight sets.

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