4 reasons why Rafa could struggle to overcome this Demon.
Now into Day 5 and only 32 elite players left standing, the Australian Open has undoubtedly captured the world’s attention once again. Plenty of Australia’s attention has been directed towards one of our own, Alex De Minaur who looks poised to play the match of his life against Rafael Nadal in the 3rd round.
Showing true Aussie spirit, De Minaur is coming off the back of a fighting win against Henri Laaksonen whilst Nadal is yet to drop a set in his opening 2 matches. We believe, De Minaur will show the same spirit against the second seed and be the first player to take a set off Nadal and here’s why:
- The two have met once previously, in 3rd Round of Wimbledon last year, where Nadal prevailed in straight sets. However, that was De Minaur’s first time he had progressed past the first round of a Grand Slam tournament and he’s improved drastically since then.
- De Minaur will be full of confidence after claiming this year’s Sydney International (his Maiden ATP Title) & narrowly losing that year’s season-ending Next Gen Finals
- De Minaur’s superb court coverage can draw errors from most players and whilst Nadal has similar features, his age and body may be beginning to get the best of him especially since he entered the Open under an injury cloud
- The local boy will have a very vocal crowd right behind him, something he noted as getting him across the line in his 2nd Round clash.
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