ATP Cup 2020 – Rafael Nadal vs Nikoloz Basilashvili Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Rafael Nadal vs Nikoloz Basilashvili taking place? RAC Arena, Perth, Australia

When is Rafael Nadal vs Nikoloz Basilashvili on? Saturday 4th January, 2020 – not before 09:30 (UK)

What channel is Rafael Nadal vs Nikoloz Basilashvili on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Rafael Nadal vs Nikoloz Basilashvili? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Rafael Nadal vs Nikoloz Basilashvili? https://www.atpcup.com/tickets

Who won the last meeting between Rafael Nadal and Nikoloz Basilashvili? Rafael Nadal beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1, 6-0

THE LOWDOWN

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Rafael Nadal ended the 2019 ATP season as world number one for the first time since 2017 after winning his custom Roland-Garros title and the US Open to pass Novak Djokovic at the death.
  • Despite a disappointing ATP Finals, Nadal went on to completely dominate the Davis Cup in Madrid, winning all five of his singles matches in straight sets and three doubles matches to win the title in one of the most inspiring sporting performances of the year.
  • Nadal has a 100% win percentage over his first ATP Cup opponent Nikoloz Basilashvili, beating him three times in three successive years and, furthermore, twice in straight sets in which the Georgian has managed to take just one game.

NIKOLOZ BASILASHVILI

  • World number 26 Nikoloz Basilashvili’s 2019 seemed to dissipate after the summer, in which he won the title at the Hamburg Open on clay by beating Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev along the way.
  • The Georgian will play the underdog for an entire nation at the ATP Cup, with second player Aleksandre Metreveli deep into the 600s in the world rankings, but he can be a dangerous opponent on his day.
  • Consistency seems to be Basilashvili’s main foe, with 10 early exits in tournaments last season contrasting against several deep runs and six tour-level quarter-finals reached.

THE PREDICTION

There is little option but to back a straight-sets Rafael Nadal victory here as the world number one looks to pick up from where he left off by inspiring Spain once again. After their emphatic performance at the Davis Cup, the Spaniards are favourites for the inaugural ATP Cup title here. Nadal might allow Basilashvili a few more games than the solitary one the Georgian managed in their previous 6-1, 6-0 encounter, but that will be about it.

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