Rafael Nadal plays Diego Schwartzman in the third round of the Indian Wells Masters 1000 on Tuesday, March 12 with the match to begin around 11 am local time (or 7 pm BST). You can follow the Rafael Nadal v Diego Schwartzman live streaming options here.
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Rafael Nadal v Diego Schwartzman Head to Head
The players have met six times on the ATP circuit with Nadal winning on all occasions. Their most recent meeting was at the 2018 French Open, where Schwartzman was up a set and a break before a rain delay allowed Nadal to regroup and turn the momentum around.
Nadal Looking for Strong Run Before Clay Season
World number two Rafael Nadal had a better than expected run at the Australian Open. Returning from injury, Nadal was a losing finalist to Novak Djokovic. His only tournament since then has been the Mexican Open at Acapulco where he had an early departure to eventual champion Nick Kyrgios in a drama filled match, after having three match points himself.
The Spaniard is a three-time Indian Wells champion and started his campaign strong with a 51st Indian Wells win against American Jared Donaldson in a very convincing display. The Spaniard will be looking to go deep at both Sunshine Masters, giving him the added confidence before the start of his happy hunting ground, namely, the clay season.
Schwartzman Looking to Return to 2018 Form
Argentine Diego Schwartzman was ranked as high as number 11 in the world in June 2018, breaking into the top 20, winning his second ATP title and making his second grand slam quarter final during the year. A clay court specialist, Schwartzman had a convincing performance on clay and also showed he can be a force to reckon with, on hard courts
2019 has not started off very strong for the Argentine with a third round Australian Open loss and unable to defend his title at Rio, having to pull out with an injury. Schwartzman is coming off a straight sets win in his opener here and will hope to continue his improved showing for the rest of the season.
Rafael Nadal v Diego Schwartzman Predictions & Tips
Schwartzman is a gritty player with relentless desire and can grind any opponent down from the baseline. But, given his opponent is Rafael Nadal on the outdoor hard courts of Indian Wells, it is hard to see Schwartzman grinding him down. Expect a good contest with Nadal winning in straight sets.
Tip: Nadal to win in straight sets: 4/11 (betway)
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