12-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal will take on the in-form Italian teenager Jannik Sinner in the quarter-finals of the 2020 French Open with the match scheduled for Tuesday, October 6. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. Looking for the live streaming options of this Rafael Nadal v Jannik Sinner match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here? Read on.
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Rafael Nadal v Jannik Sinner Head to Head
This will be the first meeting between both players on the tour.
Three Wins From Federer
Nadal is in yet another French Open quarter-final and within striking distance now of Roger Federer’s 20 Grand Slam record.
The conditions may not be the Roland-Garros that Nadal loves, he may have been defeated by Diego Schwartzman early in Rome, and he may not be the overwhelming favorite with Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem around; but one still would not expect anything less than the best from Nadal at the French Open.
He may have had a difficult draw and he may have played opponents he is not too familiar with, but we are in the final eight again, and effortlessly as is the case usually.
After early round matches that at times felt like intense hitting sessions, Nadal was up against somebody in the round of 16, who grew up idolizing him, Sebastian Korda.
The outcome and the way the match went was no different to the previous rounds, i.e. this time Nadal dropped a total of four games. After dropping eight games in round one, the Spaniard has dropped a few more than that in aggregate in the next three rounds.
After the match, Nadal as always was encouraging and full of praise for his young opponent, who we believe does have a good future ahead. Awaiting a potential quarter-final clash against Alexander Zverev, Nadal is now up against the surprise package of the tournament, 19-year-old Jannik Sinner.
Never Visited Paris Before, Now in a Major Quarter-Final
Italy’s teen sensation Jannik Sinner has been on an impressive run since the European Open semi-finals in Antwerp almost a year back. Winner of the ATP Next Gen Finals at Milan, making the quarterfinals in Rotterdam this February and defeating Benoit Paire and Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Rome Masters two weeks ago have all been impressive results.
He kick-started his first ever French Open with a surprise win over 11th seed David Goffin in the first round on Sunday,where it took him an hour and 59 minutes to win 7-5, 6-0, 6-3. It was the 19-year-old’s second career win over the Belgian, ranked 13th in the world. Up against Federico Coria in the third round, Sinner was pushed by his opponent in each set, but on every occasion that he dropped serve, he came right back to break eventually winning the match in straight sets 6-3, 7-5, 7-5.
Coming into his fourth round match against another Next Gen, but considerably more experienced opponent in Alexander Zverev, Sinner was off to a strong start and maintained the momentum for most of the first two sets.
Zverev, who mentioned after the match that he was unwell and running a fever did not look at his best, but managed to pull back in the third set. The 19-year-old kept his composure for an early break in the fourth, and despite feeling the nerves off and on, did not falter and closed out the match in four sets.
Sinner is the first man since Novak Djokovic in 2006 to make the final eight of the French Open, in his first appearance.
Nadal v Sinner Prediction and Tip
Young Sinner has had the tournament of his life, and surprised all including himself by defeating the likes of Goffin and Zverev, but this is perhaps the most difficult challenge of anyone’s career, i.e. playing Nadal at Roland Garros. With the odds heavily stacked against him, Sinner has nothing to lose and will either way go home proud of his achievements.
One picks Nadal against anyone on this court, and no different this time; Nadal in three sets.
Tip: Nadal to win in straight sets: 2/5 (bet365)