World number five Rafael Nadal will be up against Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp in the third round of the 2022 French Open on Friday, May 27. Get the live streaming options of this Rafael Nadal v Botic van de Zandschulp match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Rafael Nadal v Botic van de Zandschulp Head to Head
No previous meetings have been had between Nadal and van de Zandschulp before this.
Nadal Continues His Solid Run
If there were any worries about Nadal’s foot injury issues, they seem to have been laid to rest in the first two rounds here at Roland-Garros.
After dropping just six games in his rout of Jordan Thompson in the first round, the Spaniard got the better of Corentin Moutet in the second in another straight-setter.
Nadal needed just over two hours to get the Frenchman, winning 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 but it did see him drop his serve on two different occasions.
Both of it came in the third set, by when the Spaniard was already two sets – falling 2-0 down at one stage and then failing to serve it out at 5-3. Nadal quickly recovered to break his opponent in the very next game to wrap things up.
What Nadal will look to change is the number of unforced errors, which he clocked at 22 over the three sets. The 27 winners helped but as he grows into better rhythm, the former world number one will hope to slowly shed off some of the wariness around his foot injury.
Van de Zandschulp Gets Past Injured Fognini
The manner in which van de Zandschulp had struggled to get past the 141st-ranked Pavel Kotov in his first round, there were doubts how he would manage against a much more experienced and better-pedigreed opponent in the second.
Fabio Fognini is a Masters 1000 winner but van de Zandschulp got his act together well and lived up to his favourites billing to race off to a two sets to love lead. Fognini lasted five more games in the third set before opting to retire from the encounter because of an injury.
The match lasted two hours with van de Zandschulp overcoming a break of serve in the opening set to break Fognini two times in a row to clinch it.
The second set was tougher for van de Zandschulp as he fell 5-1 down before mounting a comeback of the day. He won the next five games, saving two set-points in the process before completing the win in the tie-breaker.
Can van de Zandschulp show a similar kind of grit against Nadal though?
Nadal v van de Zandschulp Prediction and Tip
There’s not much to be had by the way of winning odds for Nadal with bet365 offering 1/20 for his victory. A straight-set win can be expected as well but we believe one of those sets could get tough for Nadal with van de Zandschulp taking him to a tie-breaker in that.