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All eyes will be on the Arthur Ashe Stadium as Frances Tiafoe and Rafael Nadal battle for a place in the US Open quarterfinal; Big Foe will hope to match his best performance in a grand slam, while Nadal is on a quest to break his record of most singles grand slam titles. Will the American pull off the biggest upset of his career here, or will it be business as usual for the former World number 1? Let’s take a look at both players’ chances.
Frances Tiafoe vs Rafael Nadal Prediction and Betting Tips
Rafael Nadal will be eyeing his third grand slam title this year; as he won the Australian and French Open titles, breaking the record for most singles titles in history. On the other hand, Frances Tiafoe is not exactly enjoying the best season of his career, as he hasn’t won a title in four years. The American came close in April however, as he lost in the Estoril Open final against Sebastian Baez.
Frances Tiafoe vs Rafael Nadal Head to Head
Frances Tiafoe has previously faced Rafael Nadal two times, and both encounters didn’t end well for him. The Spaniard defeated Tiafoe in straight sets on both occasions.
- 22/01/2019: Kudermetova won 3-0 (Australia Open, Hardcourt)
- 09/05/2019: Kudermetova won 2-0 (Madrid Clay)
Nadal to win in straight sets
To be fair, Frances Tiafoe has looked good in this tournament so far; as he dispatched all of his opponents in straight sets. However, this has not been the case when he goes up against Nadal, as he lost both encounters between these players. Big Foe did not convert a single break point in two meetings between these players; he was broken six times in those matches. With that in mind, we believe that Rafael Nadal’s dominance will continue here, with another straight sets victory.
Pick: Set Betting – Nadal 3-0
Tiafoe US Open Analysis
Frances Tiafoe has impressed so far in this tournament; the American knocked out Marcos Giron, Jason Kubler, and Diego Schwartzman in the first three rounds. Interestingly, Big Foe has not dropped a single set in this tournament so far. However, it’s important to point out that Tiafoe tends to fall short in the fourth round of the US Open, as he was knocked out in the fourth round of the last two editions of this competition. Perhaps the third time’s the charm for the American.
Nadal US Open Analysis
The 25-year-old tennis player shows in every round that she is in top form, as she has not lost a set in the whole US Open, not even in the doubles tournament. In the first three rounds she has not come up against any player who represents a real challenge, all her opponents are above the top 50, and all of them she beat in straight sets. Her first big challenge will be Tunisia, whom she already knows very well, and defeated three times. Kudermetova has solved all her matches quickly as she has not allowed her opponents to have break points converted, instead the Russian has converted 10 in total.
Main Facts about Tiafoe vs Rafael Nadal
Match scheduled – 5th September at 16:00 BST
Type of tennis court – Hardcourt Outdoor
Bookmakers’ odds – Ons Jabeur 18/5 (4.60) – Veronika Kudermetova 1/5 (1.20)