Acapulco Open 2022: Rafael Nadal vs. Denis Kudla Tennis Pick and Prediction

Acapulco Open 2022: Rafael Nadal vs. Denis Kudla Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Acapulco Open as Rafael Nadal takes on Reilly Opelka in the Round of 32 on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022.

Will Rafael Nadal get the win? Will Reilly Opelka pull off the upset at the 2022 Acapulco Open? This will be an interesting one, where we have the Spanish legend and Australian Open champion taking on an American in great form himself. Who will move on to the Round of 16 at the 2022 Acapulco Open?

Rafael Nadal just completed one of his most memorable career achievements, managing to storm back from 2 sets to love down in the Australian Open final to claim a record-breaking 21st grand slam. Needless to say, he’s in incredible form. That does not mean this match coming up against Reilly Opelka at the 2022 Acapulco Open will be easy though, Opelka just won a tournament and is into another consecutive final where he will play on Sunday. Fatigue will certainly be a factor for both players, where Nadal obviously had to endure an insane physical burden a couple of weeks ago, and Opelka will have to play the very next day after travelling from a couple of tournaments. I of course expect Nadal to win once again, but it will not be easy as he aims to kick off his campaign here at the 2022 Acapulco Open.

Reilly Opelka has been in great form as I already mentioned, but he has one titanic match ahead of him as he stares down Rafael Nadal. Not only did Nadal just pull off a tennis miracle, but he is the most successful player in Acapulco of all time. Opelka can definitely win, he has a massive serve and he likes his hard courts, and if he can outlast Rafa in the tiebreakers, then it’s fair to say he has a shot against anyone. I think he’ll take at least a set, but Rafa will not let him do too much more as the two clash for a place in the Round of 16 at the 2022 Acapulco Open.

Rafael Nadal and Reilly Opelka have met once before, with Rafael Nadal leading the head to head 1-0. Their one meeting came on the clay courts of Rome last year, with Nadal taking the match 6-4 6-4. The clay definitely helped him deal with the serve, but I think he’ll still be able to dig himself into some service games here, allowing him to eventually take down the giant and kick off his campaign at the 2022 Acapulco Open, propelling himself into the Round of 16. 

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Rafael Nadal to win in 3 sets.

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