ATP Finals 2019 – Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev taking place? The O2 Arena, London

When is Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev on and what time does it start? Monday 11th November, 2019 – 20:00 (UK)

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

Where can I stream Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev? https://www.nittoatpfinals.com/en/tickets

Who won the last meeting between Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev? Rafael Nadal beat Alexander Zverev 6-1, 1-6, 6-3

THE LOWDOWN

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Rafael Nadal put an end to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s heroics at the Paris Masters last week before pulling out of his semi-final match with Denis Shapovalov through injury, and it remains to be seen how that will affect him here.
  • The Spaniard has won four titles on tour this year and his current world number one status is justified in his reaching the semi-finals or above in 11 of his 12 tournaments played this year, excluding the Laver Cup.
  • Nadal holds a 100% win percentage over his first opponent Alexander Zverev with the last three meetings played on clay, though the two have not met for over a year.

ALEXANDER ZVEREV

  • Reigning ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev will begin the defence of his biggest title to date in the hardest way possible as he attempts to beat Rafa Nadal for the first time.
  • The 22-year-old has had a poor couple of weeks on tour following his loss in the final of the Shanghai Masters, losing at the first opportunity at the Swiss Indoors to Taylor Fritz and then to a stupendous performance by Denis Shapovalov at the Paris Masters.
  • The fact that this is the world number seven’s third appearance at the O2 is impressive enough let alone his miraculous defeat of Novak Djokovic in last year’s final, despite losing to the Serb in the group stage.

THE PREDICTION

There appears to be little hope for reigning champion Alexander Zverev here other than to count on a lack of match fitness from his opponent Rafael Nadal following his withdrawal from the Paris Masters last week. However, Nadal became the world number one this week for the first time since October 2018 and he will be desperate to achieve the year-end top spot for the first time since 2017. The Spaniard has not failed to reach the semi-finals of a tournament since the Acapulco Open back in February and his 5-0 record over Zverev does not look likely to falter here. All of this is of course reliant on him lasting the match.

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