Second seeded and 12-time champion Rafael Nadal will take on the 213rd-ranked but highly-talented Sebastian Korda in the fourth round of the 2020 French Open with the match scheduled for Monday, October 5. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. Looking for the live streaming options of this Rafael Nadal v Sebastian Korda match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here? Read on.
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Rafael Nadal v Sebastian Korda Head to Head
There have been no previous matches between Nadal and Korda before this.
Nadal Serves up a Bagel & Breadstick. Again.
In his second round win over Mackenzie McDonald, Nadal dropped a mere four games, delivering a bagel and a breadstick in the process. Continuing with the same, Nadal repeated the dose on his third round opponent, Stefano Travaglia as well to dish out a warning to all his opponents he has left the Rome Masters defeat way behind him.
That it was just one of those days and one of those things.
That he is coming after his 13th French Open and there might not be too many who could stop him.
In that second round encounter, he was on court for an hour and 40 minutes. This time around he needed five lesser minutes to complete a 6-1, 6-4, 6-0 victory, and in doing so he broke his hapless opponent six times despite getting only seven chances to do so.
Nadal faced no break-points himself, attacked his opponent’s second serve and won 71% of the points on that, to do with 82% on his own second serve.
By the time he was done, Nadal had won his 96th win at the French Open, and later said he was able to come away with that kind of a scoreline because he was able to play more aggressively than he had in the previous rounds. He added:
“I went to the net more often and I hit quite a lot of winners, my serve is working better.”
Next up is a player ranked outside the top 200 but showing signs like his father, Petr, he can go the distance at some stage in his career.
Korda Garnering the Eye-Balls
28 years after his father made it to the final of the French Open singles competition, Sebastian is garnering eye-balls for his performances at what is his first season playing Grand Slam main draw tennis.
As a player ranked 213th in the world, Korda had to come through the qualifiers to make the main draw and he did that without much ado, without dropping a set. A victory over Andreas Seppi in the first round wasn’t that big a surprise but when he took down John Isner in four sets, fans had begun to sit up and take notice.
And now, in his third round, Korda routed a fellow qualifier Pedro Martinez in straight sets to march into the second week, becoming the first player to be born in 2000s to do so.
Interestingly, Korda has admitted he idolises Nadal so much as to name his cat after him, and while that would please the world number two, he would assuredly be going flat out against the American. Question is if Korda can still carve out a name for himself here?
Nadal v Korda Prediction and Tip
Those odds for a Nadal win continue to remain abysmal and that won’t change till he gets an opponent strong enough at least on paper and he shows signs of weakness. For now even a straight-set win is at 1/6, which is what we expect from this one, and under less than 30.5 games again.
Tip: Nadal to win in straight sets: 1/6 (bet365)