Washington Open 2021: Rafael Nadal vs. Jack Sock Tennis Pick and Prediction

Washington Open 2021: Rafael Nadal vs. Jack Sock Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 Washington Open as Rafael Nadal (1) takes on Jack Sock (WC) in the Round of 32 on Wednesday, August 4th, 2021.

Will Jack Sock shock us all as he aims to get himself back up the rankings and back into tournaments week after week? Will Rafael Nadal make a strong statement in his long and awaited return to the ATP Tour as he has not played in nearly 2 months? This will be a very entertaining encounter, and a very interesting one to see where Nadal’s game is at. Will the Spaniard make his way to the Round  of 16 of the 2021 Washington Open convincingly, or is there a chance of an upset?

Jack Sock did not have to win his match in the first round against Yoshihito Nishioka, losing the 1st set 6-7 and then leading the second set 4-0 before Nishioka retired with an injury. Jack Sock will know that he will have to improve his level drastically if he is to go any further here at the 2021 Washington Open because he has been put in the toughest side of the draw as he meets Rafael Nadal. Jack Sock knows he can compete with the best in the world when he was at his best, but he has not been at his best in a fair few years now and he struggled against an injured Yoshihito Nishioka.

Rafael Nadal is back! The tennis world has been waiting for his first tournament in nearly 2 months as the Spaniard aims to find his form again and get himself in contention for most tournaments he plays in during the US hard court season, especially the US Open where he comes back after 2 years of winning his last title there. Rafael Nadal knows he can compete at his best in these hot hard court conditions, but he will know he will have to wear off the rust of not having played much recently, and he will not want to let Jack Sock hurt his confidence or momentum here at the 2021 Washington Open.

Rafael Nadal and Jack Sock have met 5 times before, with Rafael Nadal leading the head to head 5-0. Jack has been able to get 3 sets off of Nadal in their prior meetings, but these were when Jack was in much better form, during his 2015-2017 peak. Jack Sock struggled against an injured Nishioka and Nadal seems very determined to be at his best here at the 2021 Washington Open. Jack will not be able to get much going his way here because he is not in the best physical shape he has been in, and when it comes to playing Nadal, you have to be at your best at all times. I expect an easy win for Nadal to gain some momentum as he enters the Round of 16 of the 2021 Washington Open.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Rafael Nadal in 2 Sets.

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