Rafael Nadal is about to start his run at the ATP Finals with 2 objectives: first conquering the Finals for the first time in his career; second, ending the year at the top of the rankings.
Nadal and the Andre Agassi Group
Nadal is in the Andree Agassi group and he will face 3 of the most intriguing upcoming players: Daniil Medvedev, Sascha Zverev, and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Here the analysis and the prediction of Rafa’s match up with them.
Rafael Nadal vs. Sascha Zverev
Rafa will face off with Sascha Zverev for the 6th time in their career. The Spaniard has a fantastic 5-0 H2H record against the German, but they have never played on indoor courts. Nadal and Zverev will face off on Monday and the prediction is Nadal in 3 sets.
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Rafael Nadal vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas
Rafa will also face Stefanos Tsitsipas with a good 4-1 H2H win-loss record. The prediction is Nadal in 2 sets. However, a lot depends on how Rafa’s body will react after his first match against Zverev.
Rafael Nadal vs. Daniil Medvedev
This match will be the exciting remake of the latest epic US Open final that Nadal on in 5 sets after a remarkable fight. The head to head is 2-0 for Nadal and the prediction is Rafa winning in 3 sets. Also, in this case, a lot will depend on how Rafa body will reach after the first 2 encounters.
Rafael Nadal’s ranking and performance in 2019
Currently ranked no.1, his year Nadal has a 50-6 win-loss record. Rafael clinched 4 titles in 2019 in Rome, at the French Open, in Montreal and at the U.S. Open. Nadal was the finalist at the Australian Open.
Stefanos Tsitsipas’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.6, Stefanos played his last match on the 1st of November when he had to bow to Novak Djokovic 6-1 6-2 in the quarter in Paris.
This year Stefanos has a 49-24 win-loss record. Tsitsipas has won 2 titles in 2019 in Marseille and in Estoril. The Greek was the finalist in Dubai, in Madrid and in Beijing.
Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas played each other 5 times. The head to head is 4-1 for Nadal.
The last time that they played each other, Rafael Nadal won 6-3 6-4 in the semifinal in Rome on the 18th of May 2019.