World number two Rafael Nadal will take on South Korea’s Soon-Woo Kwon in their Acapulco Open 2020 quarterfinal on Thursday, February 27. The match will begin at around 10 pm local time (5 am BST next day), and you can find the Rafael Nadal v Soon-Woo Kwon live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Rafael Nadal v Soon-Woo Kwon Head to Head
This will be the first match between Nadal and Kwon.
Nadal Overcomes Slight Hiccup in Round Two
Rafael Nadal made it to the quarterfinal with a straight-set win over Miomir Kecmanovic, but it wasn’t without its share of concern for the world number two. He took a 5-0 lead in the first set to signal his intentions of making a quick match out of it but Kecmanovic broke back once to reduce the deficit before losing the set.
In the second set, Nadal broke his opponent in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead but Kecmanovic exhibited great temperament in breaking back and levelling things off at 5-5. Nadal then held his serve and for the last time in the match, broke his opponent to win the match in over an hour and half.
Nadal did hit 20 winners in the encounter, some of them which left even Kecmanovic in awe, let alone the fans, but what will worry him are the 17 unforced errors. He will look to reduce that number as he grows in the tournament. This win also comes on the back of a 6-3, 6-2 rout of fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar in round one.
Much-Improved Kwon Stuns Lajovic
Since his first round exit at the Australian Open, albeit one in which he almost gave Nikoloz Basilashvili a scare, Kwon has won at least one match in the main draw of each of the four tournaments he has played in. And since losing in the second round at the Pune Open, he has made the quarterfinals of three successive competitions.
At the New York Open, Kwon stunned Milos Raonic in the second round, and at Delray Beach he defeated Adrian Mannarino in the first. Here, he was a 7-6, 6-0 winner over Dusa Lajovic, a player ranked ranked 24th in the world.
As a result of this solid showing, he is currently 76th in the world, having started the previous year at a season-low of 240th. He now faces a champion player and while winning the match might not be a realistic proposition, if he can push Nadal into a corner at various points in the match, he might be able to take a lot of confidence from it.
Rafael Nadal v Soon-Woo Kwon Predictions & Tips
Nadal should stroll to a win unless Kwon can show a lot of fighting spirit and get some luck going his way. Look at the games market as a result here.
Tip: Under 18.5 games in the match: 10/11 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)