2020 Australian Open – Rafael Nadal vs Federico Delbonis Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Rafael Nadal vs Federico Delbonis taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Rafael Nadal vs Federico Delbonison and what time does it start? Thursday 23rd January, 2020 – not before 09:15(UK)

What is the expected weather for Rafael Nadal vs Federico Delbonis? Light rain expected, 22c

What channel is Rafael Nadal vs Federico Delbonison? The 2020 Australian Open will be televised on Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedule for this specific match

Where can I stream Rafael Nadal vs Federico Delbonisin the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

Where can I get tickets for Rafael Nadal vs Federico Delbonis? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Rafael Nadal vs Federico Delbonis? Rafael Nadal beat Federico Delbonis 6-2, 6-1

THE LOWDOWN

RAFAEL NADAL

  • World number one Rafael Nadal is targeting a second Australian Open here and got off to a flier by conceding just five games to Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien in a straight-sets first round victory.
  • 33-year-old Nadal has reached the quarter-finals or higher in all but one of his appearances since 2007 and has never lost in the second round here in Melbourne.
  • Nadal has never been even remotely troubled by his next opponent Federico Delbonis, whom he has beaten in comprehensive straight sets on three previous occasions.

FEDERICO DELBONIS

  • Argentina’s Federico Delbonis overcame an out-of-sorts Joao Sousa in straight sets to reach the second round of the Australian Open for only the second time in his career.
  • The 29-year-old has lost his first-round match in the three years previous when he lost to Steve Johnson, Gilles Muller and last year to John Millman at a tournament he typically struggles in.
  • Oddly enough, though, a third-round exit here to Gilles Simon in 2016 represents his best Grand Slam showing to date but the Argentine rode his luck there with a first-round default win and then a five-set victory in the second over a much lower-ranked player.

THE PREDICTION

Federico Delbonis would not have been predicted to come through his first-round match with Joao Sousa by many but he has not been rewarded for his efforts as he now faces the world number one. Rafael Nadal handed Hugo Dellien a third-set bagel on his way to a comfortable victory and a similar scoreline could be in store for the Spaniard’s second South American opponent here.

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