Match: Rafael Nadal – Sam Querrey Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
Date: Thursday, 5 May, 2016
Start time: 19:00 UK
Rafael Nadal will face Sam Querrey in Round of 16 at Mutua Madrid Open. The match is the fourth in the program of the Centre Court and will start not before 19:00 UK.
World No. 5 Rafael Nadal demonstrated his dominance on clay, winning tournaments in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. At the final in Monte Carlo, Nadal beat Gael Monfils with 7-5 5-7 6-0, while in the dispute for the trophy in Madrid Spanish tennis player beat Kei Nishikori with 6-4 7-5.
In Madrid, Nadal started with an easy success against Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3 6-3. Rafa, he seeks a third consecutive title on clay in 2016, but now he will face Sam Querrey, who is number 37 in the ATP rankings.
Querrey started the season on clay in Houston, which reached the quarter-finals. So he lost from Juan Monaco 4:6, 4:6. In Madrid, the American already recorded two victories. In the first round, Querrey beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-7 (5) 7-6 (5) 6-4, then eliminated Lucas Pouille 6-7 (5) 6-3 6-4.
Rafael Nadal dominates in games against Sam Querrey as the balance is 3-0 victories in his favor. Their three meetings were in 2008 and only one of them was on clay. In the match from the Davis Cup Nadal won 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. The upcoming match between them, however, will be 2 of 3 sets as I think is unlikely Querrey to win the set and expect Nadal to make an easy victory.