It looks like a fairly straightforward opening round match for the 12-time winner Rafael Nadal as he takes on the 83rd-ranked Egor Gerasimov in the 2020 French Open. The match will be played on Monday, September 28 and is expected to start at around 6 pm local time (5 pm BST or 12 noon Eastern Time). Get the live streaming options of this Rafael Nadal v Egor Gerasimov match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Rafael Nadal v Egor Gerasimov Head to Head
This will be the first time Nadal will face the 27-year-old Gerasimov of Belarus.
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Nadal Shocked in Rome
“I know how to do it. I’m going to keep working and keep practising with the right attitude and try to give myself a chance to be ready.”
That’s what Nadal had to say about his serving after he went down to Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters. It was a shock loss alright but there were two mitigating factors other than his obvious issues with the serve.
One, it was his first tournament in a while – Nadal hadn’t played for nearly 200 days before he took to court in Rome and while he showed what he is capable of in the first two rounds, the rustiness came to the fore in the third.
Secondly, he came up against a clay-court specialist who was in the form of his life, going toe to toe with Nadal but over a three-setter. It’s a different proposition doing that over five.
Having said that, Nadal will know there are multiple potential threats in the draw including those from Dominic Thiem in the semifinal and Novak Djokovic in the final. And to get past those two, he will need to be at his most sterling best, feeling as confident as he can leading up to those matches.
Gerasimov With Only One Main Draw Post Pandemic
While it looked like Gerasimov was finding his rhythm before the pandemic break hit, his post-break performances have left a lot to be desired. A first qualifying loss at the Cincinnati Open was followed by a rare main draw win at the US Open before he crashed out in the second round to Jordan Thompson.
That was followed by back to back exits in the qualifying rounds of the Kitzbuhel Open and the Rome Masters, following on from a rather underwhelming showing on clay over the years.
He has won just 11 of his 25 matches on clay since 2014, having never made it to the main draw of French Open before this. This year, his performances on hard court surfaces, a final at the Pune Open and quarterfinal at Marseille has helped him break him into the top 100 and assisted him to make the main draw at the French Open.
Unfortunately, that is where his journey might end.
Nadal v Gerasimov Prediction and Tip
While Nadal is an overwhelming favourite, with a straight-set win pegged at 2/11. That’s the safest punt one can expect from this one.
Tip: Nadal to win in straight sets: 2/11 (bet365)