Pablo Carreño and Rafael Nadal will be measured in the second round of M1000 of Rome.
It will be their fourth duel over clay. He H2H clearly favors Rafa (5-0).
After his great US Open, Carreño will step on the clay in an official match for the first time this season. The Spanish comes from doing a great performance in New York. After witnessing the disqualification of Novak Djokovic in the eighths in the end, it reached semifinals and fell with honors before the German Zverev (eventually runner-up), after getting two sets up. This has meant climbing nine positions in the ATP ranking, reaching the 18th position and approaching your best record (10th. Yes, Pablito was top ten). Regarding the M1000 in Rome, its best performance is the rooms final achieved in 2018. Last year it was lowered to the first of change. This season takes fifteen victories and nine defeats.
For his part, Rafa Nadal will seek revalidate the title achieved last year against Djokovic and thus get his tenth trump in the Italian capital. The Spanish returns to the world of show business six and a half months later. His last game was in the Final of the ATP 500 of Acapulco, emerging victorious against the American Taylor fritz. In all this time, the Mallorcan has decided not to play any game, neither official nor exhibition and even decided to get off Flushing Meadows, in order to better prepare for Roland Garros. Carries 12 consecutive wins on clay and this year he adds fifteen triumphs and three defeats.
Interesting second round match. On paper Nadal is superior, but Carreño arrives in good shape, with a competitive pace and the question is how he will adapt to the surface. The Mallorcan is a competitive beast and at his usual level he would eat his compatriot with shoes, but he has not competed for six months and that is a handicap, as Rafa himself has admitted, that little by little he must find his best version.
Party: Pablo Carreño-Rafael Nadal
Bet: Carreño (+6.5)
Betting house: William Hill
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