2019 Rogers Cup – Rafael Nadal vs Guido Pella Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Rafael Nadal vs Guido Pella taking place? IGA Stadium, Montreal

When is Rafael Nadal vs Guido Pella on and what time does it start? Thursday 8th August, 2019 – 23:30 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Rafael Nadal vs Guido Pella? Scattered thunderstorms and a temperature around 28c

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

Where can I stream Rafael Nadal vs Guido Pella? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match on their platform

Where can I get tickets for Rafael Nadal vs Guido Pella https://sport.bt.com/live-on-bt-sport-01364117948039

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting:
Rafael Nadal beat Guido Pella 7-6, 6-3

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Rafael Nadal was tested all the way in his first match after his semi-final loss at Wimbledon by British number two Dan Evans, who almost took the first set tie-break before the Spaniard closed out the match.
  • The 33-year-old can be forgiven for a shaky start after nearly four weeks off the court and his first serve suffered as a result, landing 58% of the time, although he won 82% of the points when it did.
  • Nadal holds a 3-0 record over next opponent Guido Pella in all-time meetings, with his most recent victory coming earlier this year on clay in the quarter-finals at Monte-Carlo.

GUIDO PELLA

  • Guido Pella beat 15th seed David Goffin in the first round of the Rogers Cup and then Radu Albot in the second to set up a fourth career meeting with Rafael Nadal.
  • Argentine Pella is having the best year of his career by some way after an excellent clay court season was followed by a first Grand Slam quarter-final place at Wimbledon last month.
  • The 29-year-old world number 24 is embarking on his first campaign in Montreal as he gears up to make gains on his third-round exit at last year’s US Open.

THE PREDICTION

Rafael Nadal’s first match at the Rogers Cup had every test required for him to shake off the disappointment of another semi-final Wimbledon exit. A hard-fought tie-break against Dan Evans in a match interrupted by rain will have raised his game for this fourth meeting with Argentina’s Guido Pella, who is having a remarkable year. The reigning champion will no doubt be challenged by the world number 24, but Nadal is likely to go on a rampage towards the finals now in a tournament lacking the two other apex predators. Messrs Federer and Djokovic.

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