In round 2 of the tournament in Rome, face to face will be the Spaniards Pablo Carreno Busta and Rafael Nadal.
The second place in the world plays the first tournament since the resumption of the world circuit.
He is the holder of the title, after the final won last year against Novak Djokovic.
The match between the two Iberians is scheduled for Wednesday in the complex of Foro Italico.
In the following you can read her analysis, and at the end you will find the tip offered.
Pablo Carreno Busta: Team form, news and statistics
Pablo managed to qualify for the second time in his career in the semifinals at the US Open.
This time, the Iberian was extremely close to reaching the last act: he led Alexander Zverev 2-0 in sets, but he did not have the strength to lead the match to the end.
The German turned the fate of the game and managed to win in five sets.
Carreno was an opponent of Novak Djokovic in the match in which the Serb was disqualified for hitting the ball with a ball in the throat.
After the defeat with Zverev, Pablo left for Rome only on Sunday, he has little time to prepare in front of the toughest rival he could meet on clay.
The time zone difference, the fatigue accumulated in New York, as well as the transition from hard drive to slag, all this will make Carreno’s mission even more difficult.
Although he is Spanish, Carreno has shown that he feels much better on fast surfaces than on slag.
Rafael Nadal: Team form, news and statistics
Rafa holds all the records of the tournament in Rome, as well as those of the tournaments played on slag. No one doubts that Nadal is the best slag player in the history of tennis. He won the last two trophies at stake in the tournament in Italy, and last year in the last act he defeated his rival Novak Djokovic. It was the number 9 title for the Spaniard at the Foro Italico, an absolute record in the history of the tournament. He aims this year to take into account another competition in which to have at least 10 titles, after those of Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Roland Garros. Nadal has decided not to travel to the United States for the Cincinnati Open and US Open tournaments due to the harsh conditions and strict rules imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. During all this time, Nadal prepared at his Academy, on the clay courts, to be in the best shape for the two tournaments he is going to play in the next period: Roma and Roland Garros. In both tournaments he is considered a big favorite, both by rivals and by partner agencies, which offer low odds for the winner before the competition. The former world leader looked very good in training in Rome, and the rapid disqualification of Djokovic from New York offers him some hope in the fight for the first ATP place at the end of the year.
🎾Statistics of direct matches Pablo Carreno Busta vs Rafael Nadal
Rafa has won all five previous direct matches.
The former world leader prevailed in every set played against Pablo on slag.
The only document ceded came on hard, 2016, to Doha. On that occasion, at the Qatar tournament, Nadal won in three sets: 6-7, 6-3, 6-1.
Tennis Prediction of the Day Pablo Carreno Busta vs Rafael Nadal
Nadal has a tiny share in winning the game, even in terms of success in a minimum of sets.
The only question that arises in this match is how many Games Pablo will manage to win.
Let’s not forget that Nadal’s opponent comes after a big disappointment in the semifinals in New York, as well as after a long trip from the United States to Italy. Even though he showed good form in the competition across the ocean, I don’t see Carreno having any chance in front of Nadal. As the statistics of the direct matches show us, the former world leader won all the sets played on slag against his compatriot.
I think that history will be repeated in Wednesday’s game at Foro Italico, and Rafa will not need extra time in any of the sets.
I recommend the scale below 12.5 for Nadal, at an excellent odds offered by Betano. Let it be green!
Prediction Today: Rafael Nadal under 12.5 Games