2020 Australian Open – Rafael Nadal vs Nick Kyrgios Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Rafael Nadal vs Nick Kyrgios taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Rafael Nadal vs Nick Kyrgios on and what time does it start? Monday 27th January, 2020 – not before 08:00 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Rafael Nadal vs Nick Kyrgios? Cloudy, 19c

What channel is Rafael Nadal vs Nick Kyrgios 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 Nick Kyrgios 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 Nick Kyrgios? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios? Rafael Nadal beat Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6

THE LOWDOWN

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Rafael Nadal is yet to drop a set at the Australian Open after beating friend and compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta comfortably in their third round match.
  • With just one Australian Open title the world number one receives less admiration in Melbourne than multiple champions Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, but he will likely face a rare partisan crowd against his next foe Nick Kyrgios.
  • Nadal shares a 4-3 head-to-head record with Kyrgios and was the victor the last time they faced off at a Grand Slam with a four-set second-round victory at last year’s Wimbledon.

NICK KYRGIOS

  • World number 26 Nick Kyrgios played out an enthralling five-set match with Karen Khachanov that took over four and half gruelling hours to complete after taking the first two sets.
  • The 24-year-old won just six more points than Khachanov over five sets and four tiebreaks on his favoured Melbourne Arena court but he will have to adjust well to the Rod Laver Arena here against prime-time Rafael Nadal.
  • Kyrgios has traded blows with Nadal on and off court, with no love lost between them, and won one of his two ATP titles last year off the Spaniard on a hard court at the Acapulco Open.

THE PREDICTION

Within a fascinating 4-3 head-to-head record between rivals Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios, the Aussie is 2-1 ahead in matches played on hard courts – including the only final played between the pair at Acapulco last year. At Grand Slams, they sit level with one win apiece. A 19-year-old Kyrgios shocked Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014 to win in four sets, but the Spaniard returned the favour last year, also in four. The world media do not help their cause off-court, fuelling the fires of a rivalry both players would surely not want to keep up, but this is a real tennis blockbuster waiting to happen.

The crowd will do their part here to upset Nadal, who is not used to being the villain of the piece, and there is something of a shock hovering around this match. A lot of factors fall into line here for Nick Kyrgios, who could well win the day. For want of a result though, where one would have to put Rafael Nadal forward, this match looks destined for four or more likely five sets.

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