2019 US Open – Chung Hyeon vs Rafael Nadal Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Chung Hyeon vs Rafael Nadal on and what time does it start? Saturday 31st August, 2019 – TBC (UK)

Where is Chung Hyeon vs Rafael Nadal taking place? Flushing Meadows, New York

What is the expected weather for Chung Hyeon vs Rafael Nadal? Partly cloudy, 26c

What channel is Chung Hyeon vs Rafael Nadal on? The US Open will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Chung Hyeon vs Rafael Nadal? Amazon Prime have the rights to the US Open in the UK so it is worth checking their schedule for streaming times

Where can I get tickets for Chung Hyeon vs Rafael Nadal? https://www.usopen.org/en_US/tickets/ticket_plans.html

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting:
Rafael Nadal beat Chung Hyeon 7-5, 6-3

CHUNG HYEON

  • Chung Hyeon has reached the third round of the US Open the hard way after coming through the qualifiers to then battle through two five-set matches against Ernesto Escobedo and Fernando Verdasco.
  • The South Korean’s win over 32nd seed Fernando Verdasco was particularly impressive as he won less games, break points and service points than the Spaniard but managed to come through on a deciding tie-break to show excellent composure.
  • Chung Hyeon won the inaugural Next Gen ATP Finals in 2017 but is currently ranked at 170th in the world after missing a large part of this season through injury.

RAFAEL NADAL

  • The draw has fallen in Rafael Nadal’s favour at the US Open after rain delays on Wednesday forced most players in the draw to play on back-to-back days but Thanasi Kokkinakis pulled out of their second-round match, giving the Spaniard an extended rest.
  • The three-time US Open champion also received a walkover in his previous tournament into the Rogers Cup final which seemingly did him the world of good as he beat an in-form Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-0 to retain the title.
  • Nadal has won both of his matches played against Chung Hyeon, with one coming on clay and the other on a hard court in 2017.

THE PREDICTION

Chung Hyeon is full of running at the US Open having come back from a long injury but he faces possibly the hardest player to meet in the early rounds of a Grand Slam, Rafael Nadal, who also has the benefit of a day’s extra rest. The South Korean would have been given little chance of taking a set anyway, even at the height of his powers, but with three qualifying rounds and two five-set matches in his legs he will likely burn out in the third of Nadal’s straight-sets victory.

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