Nadal’s head to heads against his potential draw opponents

Thriller

Hall of Fame
His preparation for the French Open begins in Monte Carlo. Not Melbourne.

Last year he didn't play a match between Australian Open and Monte Carlo due to the back injury he picked up just before the AO. He started the clay court season overweight and not on his game and it cost him Roland Garros. Rafa needs matches to play himself into form and confidence BEFORE Monte Carlo if he is to win another FO.
 

ElChivoEspañol

Hall of Fame
People always use this "X has no weapons" line.

But in reality, a tennis match is just that - nothing more, nothing less.

There have been countless times in tennis history when a "weaponless" player has defeated the alleged "weaponed".

Ok bud, hold your breath on that one.
 

kishnabe

Talk Tennis Guru
Senior Nadal (30+) + Hard Courts = H2H means squat.

Nadal is favorite, but not #1 favorite.

Behind Medvedev and Zeverev to win, IMO. He might pull it off, would need to go in to QTR+ fresh.
 

Europa1

Rookie
R1 – Marcos Giron (66) – H2H 0-0
R2 – Yannick Hanfmann (126) – H2H 1-0. 2019 RG
or Thanasi Kokkinakis (145) – H2H 1-0 2014 AO
R3 – Karen Khachanov (30) – H2H 7-0 2019 and prior mostly outdoor hardcourt
or Benjamin Bonzi (65) – H2H 0-0
R4 – Hubert Hurkacz (10) – H2H 0-0
or Aslan Karatsev (20) – H2H 0-0
1/4 – Alexander Zverev (3) – H2H 6-3 2021 on clay zverev lost twice and 2019-2020 zverev won at ATP finals twice indoor hard. Both times on outdoor hard Nadal won but last time was 2016 and 2017.
or Denis Shapovalov (14) – H2H 3-1. 2021 and 2018 on clay and Nadal won both. Davis Cup finals 2019 Nadal won. 2017 outdoor hard Shapovalov won.
1/2 – Matteo Berrettini (7) – H2H 1-0. 2019 US Open Nadal won in 3.
or Cameron Norrie (12) – H2H 3-0. 2 Clay and 1 AO 2021 Nadal won all 3.
Fin – Daniil Medvedev (2) – H2H 3-1. 2020 indoor hard medvedev won. 2019 indoor hard Nadal won. 2019 Nadal won outdoor hard 2 times.
or Stefanos Tsitsipas (4) – H2H 7-2. Tsistipas has only beaten him once on hard courts.

https://www.atptour.com/en/players/atp-head-2-head/rafael-nadal-vs-stefanos-tsitsipas/N409/TE51
Are there any early reports on court speed?
 
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Nadal's not ready, and I don't see him beating both Zverev and Medvedev for the title.

The 2019 version could see it through though.
I don't see Zverev beating Nadal and Medvedev for the title either.
And Med hates playing Nadal on hardcourt..... even at 2019 London Nadal beat Medvedev..... and 2020 London Nadal almost won in straight sets before Med came back.
So even in Nadal's worst court, he's a nightmare for Med.
 
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tex123

Hall of Fame
R1 – Marcos Giron (66) – H2H 0-0
R2 – Yannick Hanfmann (126) – H2H 1-0. 2019 RG
or Thanasi Kokkinakis (145) – H2H 1-0 2014 AO
R3 – Karen Khachanov (30) – H2H 7-0 2019 and prior mostly outdoor hardcourt
or Benjamin Bonzi (65) – H2H 0-0
R4 – Hubert Hurkacz (10) – H2H 0-0
or Aslan Karatsev (20) – H2H 0-0
1/4 – Alexander Zverev (3) – H2H 6-3 2021 on clay zverev lost twice and 2019-2020 zverev won at ATP finals twice indoor hard. Both times on outdoor hard Nadal won but last time was 2016 and 2017.
or Denis Shapovalov (14) – H2H 3-1. 2021 and 2018 on clay and Nadal won both. Davis Cup finals 2019 Nadal won. 2017 outdoor hard Shapovalov won.
1/2 – Matteo Berrettini (7) – H2H 1-0. 2019 US Open Nadal won in 3.
or Cameron Norrie (12) – H2H 3-0. 2 Clay and 1 AO 2021 Nadal won all 3.
Fin – Daniil Medvedev (2) – H2H 3-1. 2020 indoor hard medvedev won. 2019 indoor hard Nadal won. 2019 Nadal won outdoor hard 2 times.
or Stefanos Tsitsipas (4) – H2H 7-2. Tsistipas has only beaten him once on hard courts.

https://www.atptour.com/en/players/atp-head-2-head/rafael-nadal-vs-stefanos-tsitsipas/N409/TE51
H2H is misleading in the sense that they are historical results. Nadal has not been action since 2021 FO and Zv/Med have been on fire i.e they have matured.
 
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