Thirteen time French Open champion Rafael Nadal meets Canadian Next Gen Felix Auger- Aliassime in the fourth round of the French Open on Sunday, May 29. Get the live streaming options of this Rafael Nadal v Felix Auger- Aliassime match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Rafael Nadal v Felix Auger- Aliassime Head to Head
Their only meeting was at the 2019 ATP Masters 1000 in Madrid which was won by Nadal in straight sets.
Another Week Two For Nadal
Rafael Nadal arrived in Paris to begin his quest for a 14th French Open title with uncertainty around his fitness and readiness for the tournament.
After winning a record 21st major title in Melbourne earlier this year, the Spaniard had a rib injury at Indian Wells where he was a runner-up and that kept him out of the clay season in April. With less than ideal showings in both Madrid and Rome, the favorite tag at Roland Garros did not belong to the King of Clay, with a foot injury hampering him in the loss to Denis Shapovalov at the Rome Masters 1000.
However, Nadal has looked close to his imperious best in the first three rounds this week again.
Dropping only six games in his opener against Aussie Jordan Thompson, the world number five only dropped eight games in another straight sets win against Frenchman Corentin Moutet.
It was wondered if Nadal’s first challenge of the fortnight would be from Dutchman Botic Van De Zandschulp who has done well since the US Open last year, and had prevailed over Fabio Fognini in the previous round. However, that was not to be the case.
Nadal raced through the first two sets 6-3, 6-2 and with a double break in the third set, looked all set for his fourth round when he dropped serve once and looked ready to drop it again serving for the match.
The King of Clay dug deep down break point at 5-4 in the third and eventually closed out the match in straight sets making his way into another Roland Garros Round two and now one match away from a potential mouth watering quarter-final against Novak Djokovic.
Auger- Aliassime Continues Slam Consistency
Canadian 21-year-old Felix Auger- Aliassime makes the second week of the French Open for the first time in his career, at the back of impressive runs at the last three majors making the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the Australian Open and the semi-finals of the US Open.
Clay is not his favorite surface and it was not the best of runs early on in the clay swing for the Canadian. However, he seemed to get his act together on the dirt at the Rome Masters and made the final eight where he lost a tough encounter against world number one and eventual champion Novak Djokovic 5-7,6-7.
The week did not start too well here for the Canadian as he was down two sets to love in his opener against little know Juan Pablo Varillas but came back to win in five sets.
Auger- Aliassime was clinical next round against Ugo Carabelli of Argentina dropping only seven games. It was always going to be a difficult third round against Filip Krajinovic of Serbia and so it was but the Canadian dug deep to come up with a hard fought 7-6, 7-6, 7-5 win displaying grit and the ability to battle it out and up the ante when needed.
Coached by none other than the man who took Nadal to all the glory in his career, i.e. Toni Nadal (his uncle), it will be an intriguing first time that Nadal and his uncle’s team face each other.
Nadal v Auger-Aliassime Prediction and Tip
An exciting contest with Nadal playing Auger- Aliassime who is coached by none other than his uncle Toni Nadal. Auger-Aliassime has looked better in the last two rounds after a difficult opener where he had his back to the wall.
Expect the Canadian to push Nadal but it is Rafa Nadal in week two at Roland Garros- a mountain to overcome. Nadal to make another French Open quarter-final in four sets.