Rafael Nadal vs Taylor Fritz duel is going to be a battle for the ATP Acapulco title. Apart from the trophy, the winner will also receive a money prize of nearly half a million dollars, as well as 500 ranking points. That’s more than enough reasons for the two players to give their utmost on the hardcourt of the Acapulco Princess Mundo Imperial.
- When: Saturday 10 p.m. (Eastern Time)
- Where: Acapulco Princess Mundo Imperial in Acapulco, Mexico
- Surface: Hard
- Where to Watch: ESPN & TSN Canada
Nadal vs Fritz Betting Preview
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The two have never met before in a competitive match. They did, however, play a Tie Break Tens in Indian Wells last March, an exhibition match that Rafa won by 10-8.
On his road to the final of the ATP Acapulco, Nadal won every single match by 2-0. He beat Andujar-Alba, Kecmanovic, Kwon, and Dimitrov in that order. Fritz was not as impressive, but he did manage to Millman, Humbert, Edmund, and Isner. John Isner is the only player Fritz won against at ATP Acapulco who is ranked better than him.
The no.35 in the ATP Rankings is now taking on the second-best tennis player in the world, who lost his throne fairly recently, after being at the very top of the table for most of 2019.
Tennis betting sites don’t believe Fritz can claim Nadal’s scalp, but knowing how impressive pedigree the American has, the Spanish player needs to be cautious.
Taylor Fritz’ Road to Stardom
Fritz comes from a tennis family, with his mother Kathy May Fritz getting to the WTA Top 10 in the 1970s. Taylor’s father Guy Henry Fritz was also a professional tennis player, who also had a prominent coaching career, the height of which was in 2016 when he became a part of the US Olympic team.
Taylor Fritz followed his parent’s footsteps from an early age, eventually becoming the second-youngest American to get to the final of an ATP tournament back in 2015. Five years later, he’s once again in an ATP final. The clash with Nadal is going to be his biggest match so far.
Bright future is ahead of Fritz, there’s no doubt about that. What’s not clear is whether he can do anything against a tennis superstar such as Nadal. The young American did put on a good fight in their exhibition match, but this time, the Spaniard is going to be much, much more motivated. After all, Nadal needs his ATP points.
Rafa Needs Points
Even though Novak Djokovic has secured his top spot in the ATP Rankings by getting to the final of the ATP Dubai, Nadal still needs points in order to keep up with the Serbian player.
There are 500 ranking points in the game and Rafael Nadal would feel very disappointed if he failed to get ahold of them against an unseeded player that is Fritz. Another reason why the Spanish legend wants to win his third Mexican Open title is to get his confidence back to a high level.
His confidence might be still shaken up after he got knocked out by Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinal of the Australian Open 2020.
Nadal vs Fritz Prediction
Even though Fritz is a rising star in the tennis universe, the quality is on the side of Nadal. The Spanish player is also very motivated to win this, which is why it seems like a mission impossible for the American to cause an upset tonight.
Nadal vs Fritz betting pick: Rafael Nadal to win
Nadal vs Fritz Odds
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