MONTE-CARLO ROLEX MASTERS 2017 RD 3: Rafael Nadal (4) V Alexander Zverev(14)

Who wins?

  • Nadal in 2

    Votes: 11 20.8%
  • Nadal in 3

    Votes: 13 24.5%
  • Zverev in 3

    Votes: 19 35.8%
  • Zverev in 2

    Votes: 10 18.9%

  • Total voters
    53
  • Poll closed .

tenisdecente

Hall of Fame
I go for Nadal in 3 sets, depending which version of him appears. Alexander has a great BH and if Nadal continue giving loopy short balls cross-court, he will have a long night ahead him. Still, I dont think the german is ready to defeat him in clay. Not for now...
 

chjtennis

G.O.A.T.
According from what we watched today, he does have a shot definitely, but that depends which version of Nadal shows
Yes. Also, I think even if they are both in-form, Zverev should be a very lively underdog. His current game suits clay, it seems to me, and Nadal's short and looping topspins will be punished hard by Sascha, FH & BH. I still believe Nadal has a few tricks to prevail and this match is intriguing.
 

tenisdecente

Hall of Fame
Yes. Also, I think even if they are both in-form, Zverev should be a very lively underdog. His current game suits clay, it seems to me, and Nadal's short and looping topspins will be punished hard by Sascha, FH & BH. I still believe Nadal has a few tricks to prevail and this match is intriguing.
Sascha's FH sucks. Still a long way to go in that flank. His serve is nothing special too
 
6

6-3 6-0

Guest
Hard to predict. On one side we have an inform Zverev who looked superb today and the other side we have an average Nadal who is prone to mental lapses. I'll still go with the latter in 3 just because he is the clay GOAT.
 

chjtennis

G.O.A.T.
Sascha's FH sucks. Still a long way to go in that flank. His serve is nothing special too
FH is a work in progress while already decent and powerful, but his 1st serve is big enough to cause problems. He may need to learn to be more clutch with serving and improve his 2nd serve a bit more, I agree.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
I have noticed that sometimes your partially stat-driven predictions turn out to be a kiss of death for your pick... beware ;)

(Yes I know my predictions are always wrong so I should just stfu;).
Stat for two matches doesn't mean a lot. Thiem checked in from Nice with nearly 60% on points for the tournament. He did exceptionally well at RG, then Stuttgart, and finally ran out of gas in Halle SF (some of his best tennis outside of serve and FH.)

With Zverev before the clay season I was hoping he'd improve as much as has on hard courts recently, so possibly greater than 53% of points for the season versus last season. He's had a great start padding those stats with his first two Monte Carlo matches. Its looking like he's a better clay player than hard (grass may be best.) Zverev is cleaning up on return winning 54% of return points in his last two matches.:eek: If the real Rafa doesn't show up again Zverev will win easily.o_O
 

pantam

Rookie
Relay? You guys have hopes for Sverev? With Nadal?
Today Edmund reach his 110% to a 50% Rafa and all he can do is taking a very close set.
What Sverev can do against Rafa? Don't hope much.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

Talk Tennis Guru
Nadal is my favourite of his generation!!!!!! BUT I hope Prince Zverev wins this one (and everything else:rolleyes:)
Zverev can absolutely win this one, this is on his racquet. Don't expect Rafa suddenly playing like golden days.
Sorry Rafa, but Vamos Prince Zverev!
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
I just looked at the betting odds for the winner of MC and Nadal is quite a good favourite to win the tournament. I'm a little shocked.
Nadal has a history of ups and downs. He will be sharper for Zverev, but not sharp enough is my guess. This will be an awesome match much like their encounter in Auz.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
Wow TTW has spoken; Zvever will win 53.6% to 46.4% and we all know their is a huge Rafa bias as some just vote for their favorite.... or Fed fans really don't like Rafa.:oops:
 
6

6-3 6-0

Guest
He beat Nadal in 3 sets at Auz. This match is not a big stretch for Z.
huh what? He didn't beat Nadal. He was up 2-1 in sets if you're referring to if it was a Bo3 match. You're forgetting that RLA HC was way faster whereas MC is very slow. Zverev's defense will be tested today and his mental strength considering he is going up against Nadal on clay. If he pulls this off, kudos but I don't see it happening yet.
 
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