Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic
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On Tuesday, the World No. 1 and the defending champion Novak Djokovic will lock horns with the 13-time winner Rafael Nadal at the Roland Garros quarter-finals. Here we have everything you need to know about the Nadal vs Djokovic match at the French Open 2022, preview, prediction, H2H, and where to watch.

Nadal vs. Djokovic Basics:

  • Competition: French Open 2022
  • Round: Round 4 (Quarter-Finals)
  • Date: Tuesday, 31 May 2022
  • Start Time: 6:45 pm GMT
  • Venue: Paris, France
  • Surface: Outdoor Clay
  • Category: Grand Slam
  • Live: Tennis Channel, Eurosport

When and Where is Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic?

Nadal will play Djokovic at the Roland Garros Round 4 on Tuesday, 31 May 2022, at 6:45 pm GMT, which is 2:45 pm ET, and 7:45 pm BST. It will be their 59th career meeting and 10th at Roland Garros.

Match Preview:

This is where it all began 16 years ago, the most exciting rivalry in Tennis between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The World No. 1 and 20-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic will go head-to-head against the record 13-time Roland Garros winner Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros once again.

The 35-year-old Serbian came into Roland Garros after winning the men’s single at the Italian Open 2022. He eased past Yoshihito Nishioka, Alex Molcan, and Aljaz Bedene with a dominant straight-sets win in his quest to the 21st Grand Slam. Djokovic took on Schwartzman in Round 3 and showcased his motive to win the tournament, beating him 6-1, 6-3, and 6-3 in straight sets.

On the other hand, the 35-year-old Spaniard quest for a record-extending 14th crown at Roland Garros. He took on Felix Auger-Aliassime in Round 3 in a sweating matchup. Nadal lost the first set after some unforced flaws by 6-3. In the 2nd set, he defended breakpoints and fought back to win it. The World No. 5 Nadal was forced deep into the match in the 5th set. He defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime in a 4-hour and 22-minute match by 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, and 6-3 sets to set up the most anticipated battle in Round 4 against Novak Djokovic.

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H2H and Last Meeting:

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal went head-to-head in the semi-finals of last year’s French Open. The Serbian beat Nadal coming from behind by 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), and 6-2 sets.

Nadal and Djokovic went h2h 58 times in their entire careers. Djokovic bested Nadal by 30-28 wins. It will be the 10th meeting at Roland Garros between Nadal and Djokovic. Rafael Nadal dominated Djokovic at Roland Garros by 7-2 wins.

Prediction:

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are set to meet in the Roland Garros quarter-finals and are ready to write another history of their epic rivalry.

Novak Djokovic will head into the match as a slight favorite. He is in exceptional form with his serving and movement. The World No. 1 cruised past all his opponents by straight sets in French Open 2022. He has registered a total of 31 aces.

In a big match like this, recent form counts for little and Rafael Nadal will be up for defeating Djokovic. History says the Spaniard has dominated Djokovic at Roland Garros, registering 7-2 wins.

Rafael Nadal seems not in his very best shape in this tournament. He made some unforced flaws in his 5-set win over Auger-Aliassime in Round 3. Nadal mentioned his foot injury in the post-match talk. It will be a major concern for him in the quarter-finals against Djokovic, where there will be no margins for error.

Surprise Sports tennis experts predict that Novak Djokovic should win the match in 5 sets.

Prediction: Djokovic wins in five sets over Nadal.

Where to Watch Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic’s Match?

In the United States, Tennis Channel will provide the live broadcast of the French Open 2022 Round 4 between Djokovic and Nadal. NBC Sports and Peacock TV will also broadcast this match live.

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You can catch the live action of Nadal vs Djokovic via TSN from Canada and Eurosport from the UK. If you are someone from the Indian subcontinent, you can watch this match live on Sony Ten and Sony LIV.

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