2020 Australian Open – Rafael Nadal vs Pablo Carreno Busta Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Rafael Nadal vs Pablo Carreno Busta taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Rafael Nadal vs Pablo Carreno Busta on and what time does it start? Saturday 25th January, 2020 – TBC (UK)

What is the expected weather for Rafael Nadal vs Pablo Carreno Busta? Partly cloudy, 22c

What channel is Rafael Nadal vs Pablo Carreno Busta 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 Pablo Carreno Busta 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 Pablo Carreno Busta? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Rafael Nadal and Pablo Carreno Busta? Rafael Nadal beat Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2, 2-0 (RET)

THE LOWDOWN

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Rafael Nadal was pushed hard by Argentina’s Federico Delbonis in the second round of the Australian open but despite a second-set tiebreak he still managed to come through in straight sets.
  • The world number one warmed himself further to the Rod Laver Arena crowd after accidentally hitting a ball-girl in the face with a missed return, kissing her on the cheek and giving her his headband after the win.
  • Nadal has a 100% win percentage over his Davis Cup and ATP Cup team-mate Pablo Carreno Busta over four matches but the pair have not faced each other since Roland-Garros in 2017.

PABLO CARRENO BUSTA

  • 27th seed Pablo Carreno Busta won his second round match over Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk in four sets to make it back-to-back four-set victories so far at the Australian Open.
  • The Spaniard has made it through to the round of 16 in his previous two campaigns here at Melbourne and beat the 13th seed Fabio Fognini at this stage of the tournament last year.
  • Carreno Busta has only taken a set from world number one Rafael Nadal before in four previous matches, but that was the only meeting on hard courts at the Qatar Open in 2016.

THE PREDICTION

Rafael Nadal and Pablo Carreno Busta were part of something special for Spain at the Davis Cup finals in Madrid and more recently runners-up at the ATP Cup, but will now face each other as individuals for the first time since 2017. Carreno Busta is a wonderful player to watch but his back-to-back four-set victories so far over lower-ranked players suggest he can be overpowered here by the world number one. Nadal has not dropped a set yet and while the younger Spaniard could take one of his own, this should more likely be a third straight-sets win.

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