Mubadala Championship 2021: Rafael Nadal vs. Andy Murray Tennis Pick and Prediction

Mubadala Championship 2021: Rafael Nadal vs. Andy Murray Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship as Rafael Nadal takes on Andy Murray in Round 2 on Friday, December 17th, 2021.

We are going to witness a match-up which we have been wanting to see for many years now as Rafael Nadal meets Andy Murray here at the 2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship. Will Andy Murray cause the upset and show us that he can still compete somewhat with his Big 4 counterparts? Will Rafael Nadal come back strongly from his injury issues which saw him stop playing for the majority of the 2021 season? No matter who wins here, it will be entertaining. However, neither of them will want to give up a spot in the Final of the 2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championships. Who will win?

Andy Murray showed some amazing tennis in his opening match here at the 2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championships, beating his fellow Brit, Dan Evans, in straight sets 6-3/6-2. Murray seemed to be cruising for the majority of the match, but at times Dan Evans really took the fight to the Grand Slam Champion, and we saw some old-school Murray shots which we all loved. Andy Murray will be very happy to be here as he knows that he is now going to face a rival who he has probably missed playing over the last few years, Rafael Nadal.

Rafael Nadal returns after not having played in over 4 months, coming back to find some rhythm before the start of the 2022 season. Rafael has had issues with his foot this year which have been bothering him since the French Open, and we are all hoping that he will have fully healed to be able to play at his best. Rafael has been posting some videos on social media of his practice and he seems to be moving extremely well and ready to get back to what he does best. However, with over 4 months of not playing a professional match, how much rust will there be for Rafael Nadal to wear off as he now meets one of his best rivals in Andy Murray at the 2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship?

Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have met 24 times before, with Rafael Nadal leading the head to head 17-7. They have not met in over 5 years so we cannot really go off of any of those matches. Andy Murray put on a great display against Dan Evans, using all of his knowledge of his competitor to get the job done. However, I think that here at the 2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship, Rafael Nadal seems keen to get off to a positive start. Nadal knows that once he finds his rhythm, even his game at about 70-80% is better than Andy Murray’s best tennis at the moment. Andy will keep things close, and his best chance is in the first set when Nadal is still finding his feet. However, as we enter the second set and onwards, I expect for Nadal to show us some of that matador magic.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Rafael Nadal in 3 Sets.

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