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09 Jul 2018 by Trystan Pugh

Wimbledon 2018 – Jiri Vesely vs Rafael Nadal Preview

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AT A GLANCE

Where is Jiri Vesely vs Rafael Nadal taking place? Centre Court, Wimbledon, London

When is Jiri Vesely vs Rafael Nadal on and what time does it start? Monday 9th July, 2018 – (not before) 16:15

What television channel is Jiri Vesely vs Rafael Nadal on? BBC 1 (UK)

Where can I stream Jiri Vesely vs Rafael Nadal? The match can be streamed online via BBC iPlayer

Where can I get tickets for Jiri Vesely vs Rafael Nadal? A limited number of tickets go on sale 24 hours in advance on Ticketmaster. Alternatively, you can brave the famous Wimbledon Queue!

THE LOWDOWN

JIRI VESELY

  • Vesely reached the fourth round of a major for the second time in his career by beating Fabio Fognini in four sets on Saturday to continue his impressive progress in this year's tournamement.
  • Having claimed the notable scalps of 14th seed Diego Schwartzman and the aforementioned 19th seed Fognini along the way, Vesely will be feeling good about his game heading into this meeting with the world number one.
  • The 24-year-old has a powerful game and his strategy will be to play on the edge and hit through Nadal, a tactic that may serve him better on grass compared to their only previous meeting, which resulted in a loss to the Spaniard on clay.

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Nadal cruised into the fourth round with a routine 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory over youngster Alex de Minaur and the world number one has yet to drop a set in this year's championship.
  • The especially hot and dry conditions this year are playing into Rafa's hands as the extreme topsin he can generate on the forehand side is causing a bounce more similar to clay than is usual on this surface.
  • The last time he progressed beyond the fourth round at the All England Club, he went all the way and lifted the trophy, so the omens are good if he can navigate his way through this potential banana skin.

THE STATISTICS

THE PREDICTION

Vesely will be full of confidence after some impressive wins so far and he certainly has the potential to cause Nadal some problems here. His powerful game may well earn him a set against the world number one, but anything more than that will be a surprise given how well Rafa has adapted to grass this year. The Spaniard is in great shape to make a run at the Wimbledon title for the first time since 2010 and is favoured to come through this testing encounter in four sets.

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