2020 Australian Open – Rafael Nadal vs Hugo Dellien Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Rafael Nadal vs Hugo Dellien taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Rafael Nadal vs Hugo Dellien on and what time does it start? Tuesday 21st January, 2020 – TBC (UK)

What is the expected weather for Rafael Nadal vs Hugo Dellien? Thundery showers expected, 22c

What channel is Rafael Nadal vs Hugo Dellien on? 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 Hugo Dellien in 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 Hugo Dellien? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Rafael Nadal vs Hugo Dellien? N/A

THE LOWDOWN

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Rafael Nadal enters a Grand Slam as world number one for the first time in over a year as he hunts down just his second Australian Open title after winning it back in 2009.
  • The 33-year-old has finished as runner-up on four previous occasions and most recently last year to Novak Djokovic, as the top two shared the Grand Slam spoils two apiece in 2019.
  • Nadal has never faced Hugo Dellien but the Spaniard has lost in the first round of the Australian Open just once before, and in a problematic period of his career in 2016, to Fernando Verdasco in five sets.

HUGO DELLIEN

  • Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien has reached a career-high 72nd in the ATP world rankings this week despite not making it through the qualifiers of the ASB Classic in Auckland
  • Dellien reached the second round at both Roland-Garros and the US Open last year where he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev respectively, though he did rather fantastically take a set from each of those top 10 players.
  • 26-year-old Dellien’s biggest win last season came against Gilles Simon, then world number 29, at the Madrid Masters on a clay surface where it can be said that most South American players feel more at home.

THE PREDICTION

This should be short and sweet for world number one Rafael Nadal, who did not drop a set last year at this tournament until the final where he then lost all three to Novak Djokovic in a shocking reversal. The early rounds of Grand Slams are Nadal’s bread and butter, and it will be a matter of how many games Dellien can win here, with five or six out of the three sets a good haul for the Bolivian.

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