Match: Rafael Nadal vs. Denis Istomin Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
Date: Monday, 29 August, 2016
Rafael Nadal starts his journey in New York with a game against the Uzbek Denis Istomin, 107th in the ranking.
The match is from the 2nd quarter of the draw which is probably the weakest one in the draw. Other big names here are only Milos Raonic and Gael Monfils. The draw seems really good for Nadal whose first possible serious opponent is Tomas Bellucci.
They met each other at Rio Olympics and Nadal won 2:1. Istomin looks like a good match-up for the Spaniard. They have 4 meetings and Rafa won all of them, losing only 1 set. They played here in New York back in 2010 1st round and Nadal won 6:2 7:6 7:5.
Their other meeting on outdoor hard was in 2014 and was won much easier by Rafa with 6:1 6:0. Nadal had some problems with pain in the arm and in the wrist, because of the huge amount of games which he played at the Olympics (where he won the Gold in the men’s doubles and finished 4th in the singles). But he’s expected to be fresher now and my expectations are for a win in 3 sets.
Tip: Correct score 3:0 for Nadal with Bet365