Rafael Nadal is a Spanish 31-year-old tennis player that currently occupies the No.1 position in the ATP Rankings.
Nadal has returned to the top of the ATP Rankings after being in great shape this season and continuing to perform at a fantastic level.
His victory in Roland Garros was the best result, but he also lost several finals to Roger Federer in the beginning of the season and we should not forget that he once again swept everything on the clay season.
Nadal got off to a winning start here in the US Open by beating Dusan Lajovic in 3 sets. He was close to losing the 1st set, since he was 5-3 down, but Nadal never gives up and he turned that set, and the match, around. Nadal reached the 4th round here last season.
Taro Daniel is a Japanese 24-year-old player that currently sits in the 121st position of the ATP Rankings.
Daniel is a player that performs better on clay and that is more inconsistent on hard courts, because despite knowing how to play on them, he never gets any big results.
On the Challenger circuit, he still had some results but at the ATP level he struggles a lot more. Taro Daniel arrived at this tournament without any expectations because he hasn’t prepared much in the last few weeks for this Grand Slam.
Here he had a very tough 1st round against Tommy Paul, an American who was playing at home and has been playing very good tennis in the last few weeks.
The Japanese was able to win in 5 sets, on a match where he won the 1st set, then lost the following 2 but then won the next 2, coming back from 1-2 down in sets. Last year he didn’t play in this tournament.
Head-to-head: These two players have never met before
Rafael Nadal vs Taro Daniel Betting Tip and Prediction:
Nadal should start strong and devastating, imposing himself over Taro Daniel since the very first point.
He didn’t get a good start on the match against Dusan Lajovic and I hope that he starts with more intensity now against Taro Daniel, which should allow him to get the advantage early.
Taro Daniel doesn’t have offensive skills that can bother the Spaniard so I expect at least 2 breaks in the 1st set favouring Nadal.
Believing in that, this bet will win if we have a 6-2 or a 6-3 at most in the 1st set. Taro Daniel won in 5 sets against Tommy Paul, so he will now play under no pressure, but against Nadal, I don’t expect anything good coming his way.
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