Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman Tennis Prediction
Rafael Nadal leads the H2H 4-0, but Schwartzman was able to put up a good show in the recent three meetings. Diego Schwartzman is an extremely prolific clay court player and can become the first player to take a set off Nadal on clay in over 14 months, provided he brings out his best game on Thursday.
Rafael Nadal News
Rafael Nadal’s title defense campaign is off to a flyer as he defeated Gael Monfils 6-3 6-1 in just over an hour. With this win, Nadal extended his winning run to 11 (all on clay).
The world #1 Rafael Nadal has now won 48 consecutive sets on clay. Impressively, he did not lose more than five games in any of those 48 sets.
In his previous 15 appearances here at the Madrid Masters, only once Rafael Nadal lost a round of 16 match, in 2012, the year he threatened to boycott the Madrid Masters if the organizers do not ditch the blue clay. “The only thing that I know is that if things continue like this I am very sad but next year will be one less tournament in my calendar.”
Rafael Nadal is the five-time champion here, and after successfully defending his titles at Monte Carlo and Barcelona in the recent weeks, he will be hoping to do the same at Madrid this week.
Diego Schwartzman News
Diego Schwartzman scored a hard-fought win over Feliciano Lopez in three sets to progress into the R16 of Madrid Masters for the first time in his career (two appearances). He will now meet yet another left-handed Spaniard on Thursday.
This is the first time Schwartzman has managed to register back-to-back wins (on tour) since winning the title at Rio de Janeiro in February 2018. Since then, the Argentinian was going through a rough patch and even lost three matches in a row before entering Madrid.
Diego Schwartzman previously made the round of 16 in an ATP Masters 1000 event on two occasions, defeated Jared Donaldson in Montreal 2017 and Jan Lennard Struff in Monte Carlo 2017.
Tennis Prediction: Under 18.5 Games