Rafael Nadal will begin his 2020 season in Perth where he will represent Spain at the ATP Cup. Rafa’s first match will be against Nikoloz Basilashvili from Georgia.
|Date:||Saturday January 4, 2020|
|Time:||6:00 PM (EST)|
|Location:||RAC Arena, Perth, Australia|
2019 was an outstanding season for Rafael Nadal with the Spaniard winning the US Open and the French Open. Furthermore, Nadal also managed to regain top spot on the ATP rankings. The Australian leg of the ATP tour has never been a strength for Nadal as he has often been behind the likes of Federer and Djokovic. This is evident by the fact that Nadal has only won the Australian Open once. Despite that, Rafael Nadal has looked in good touch and the Spaniard will be eager to start 2020 with a good performance.
On the other side of the coin, Nikoloz Basilashvili enters this match following a tough 2019 season. Nikoloz Basilashvili won the Hamburg European Open last season but he struggled in the other tournaments as he made no other finals. At his best, Nikoloz Basilashvili has the ability to serve big and move swiftly around the court. That being said, Nikoloz Basilashvili has looked low on confidence and it is going to be tough for the player to regain his form against Rafael Nadal.
Statistics and personal meetings
- Rafael Nadal and Nikoloz Basilashvili have played each other 3 times in the past with Nadal winning on all 3 occasions.
- The most recent match between these two players was in 2019 at the Italian Open where Nadal won in straight sets. It was a dominant victory for Nadal as he only lost 1 game in the entire match.
Rafael Nadal vs. Nikoloz Basilashvili Prediction
Looking at all the information, I see Rafael Nadal winning this match with some ease. Nadal is the stronger player and he looks to have much more confidence when compared to Nikoloz Basilashvili. There is a big gap in skill so I am going to predict Rafa to win in straight sets.
Pick: Rafael Nadal