Melbourne Open 2022: Rafael Nadal vs. Ricardas Berankis Tennis Pick and Prediction

Melbourne Open 2022: Rafael Nadal vs. Ricardas Berankis Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Melbourne Open as Rafael Nadal takes on Ricardas Berankis in the second round on Thursday, January 6th, 2021.

Will Ricardas Berankis come out here and cause what would be the biggest upset of his career as he aims to beat Rafael Nadal in the Spaniard’s first ATP Singles match in half a year? Will Rafael Nadal show us the great form which we saw from him a couple days ago in the doubles as he aims to find his feet in singles before the Australian Open at the 2022 Melbourne Open?

Ricardas Berankis put on a very solid performance over the last week, qualifying for the 2022 Melbourne Open and beating the tricky Marcos Giron in the opening round in straight sets. Ricardas is not a very well known player, mainly focusing on the Challenger Tour and sometimes getting into these small ATP 250 tournaments where he usually loses in the first two rounds. Ricardas has a good all round game, but none of his shots are superb enough to hurt opponents. How will he fare against the extremely tough Rafael Nadal?

Rafael Nadal will be looking to find his rhythm and best form here at the 2022 Melbourne Open as he makes his return to the ATP Tour in Singles. Nadal played a match a few days ago in the doubles alongside his friend Jaume Munar, which they won. Nadal knows that this week is very important for him to get used to the conditions in Australia and ensure his game is at its best because he will take the next week off to prepare behind the scenes for the Australian Open. Will we see a strong performance straight away from the Spaniard or will Ricardas Berankis find some rust in the 20x Grand Slam Champion?

Rafael Nadal and Ricardas Berankis have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. Although this is going to be Nadal’s first singles match back on the ATP Tour since the Washington Open, Ricardas stands no chance here in my opinion. Ricardas can play well at times and is an experienced player, but nowhere near the experience of Rafa. Nadal will come out here and he will want to make a statement with a dominant opening match, showing everyone that he is on the right track here at the 2022 Melbourne Open.

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

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