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Botic van de Zandschulp vs Rafael Nadal – Round of 16 – Preview & Prediction | 2022 Wimbledon Championships

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THE FACTS

When is Botic van de Zandschulp vs Rafael Nadal on and what time does it start? Botic van de Zandschulp vs Rafael Nadal will take place on Monday 4th July, 2022 – not before 16:45 (UK)

Where is Botic van de Zandschulp vs Rafael Nadal taking place? Botic van de Zandschulp vs Rafael Nadal will take place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England

What surface is Botic van de Zandschulp vs Rafael Nadal being played on? Botic van de Zandschulp vs Rafael Nadal will take place on an outdoor grass court

Where can I get tickets for Botic van de Zandschulp vs Rafael Nadal? Visit this link for the latest ticket information for Botic van de Zandschulp vs Rafael Nadal

What channel is Botic van de Zandschulp vs Rafael Nadal on in the UK? Botic van de Zandschulp vs Rafael Nadal will be televised live on BBC platforms

Where can I stream Botic van de Zandschulp vs Rafael Nadal in the UK? Botic van de Zandschulp vs Rafael Nadal can be streamed live on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website & app

THE LOWDOWN

BOTIC VAN DE ZANDSCHULP

26-year-old Botic Van de Zandshulp is through to the round of 16 at a Grand Slam for the second time after overcoming veteran Richard Gasquet in four sets on Saturday. The Dutchman reached the quarter-finals of the US Open last season, where he became the only player to take a set from eventual champion Daniil Medvedev. Van de Zandschulp reached a first tour final at the Munich Open back in April before an unfortunate injury saw him concede to Holger Rune in the first set.

RAFAEL NADAL

World number four Rafael Nadal played by far the best match of his Wimbledon campaign so far in a straight-sets victory over 27th seed Lorenzo Sonego. The 36-year-old is a two-time champion at Wimbledon and coming off a record-extending 22nd Grand Slam title from Roland-Garros, where he beat Botic van de Zandschulp en-route to a 14th major title from Paris. Nadal is riding a 10-match winning streak from Slam to Slam with just three defeats this season to Taylor Fritz, Carlos Alcaraz and Denis Shapovalov – although the Spaniard was injured against both Fritz and Shapovalov.

THE PREDICTION

World number 25 Botic van de Zandschulp is a menace on court with his burgeoning self-belief keeping him in rallies that extra shot longer. The Dutchman has been a constant threat to the top order over the last 12 months and especially over five sets as a hard-hitting baseliner who refuse to go away. Nadal beat Van de Zandschulp in three sets on his favoured clay, and on his favoured court, at Roland-Garros back in May but this should come a fair bit tougher to the 36-year-old. Nadal’s performance against Sonego was encouraging but the outright pick remains sensible here.

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