Rome Open 2022: Rafael Nadal vs. John Isner Tennis Pick and Prediction

Rome Open 2022: Rafael Nadal vs. John Isner Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Rome Open as Rafael Nadaltakes on John Isner in the second round on Wednesday, May 11th, 2022.

Defending Rome Open champion Rafael Nadal will play in just his second clay court tournament before Roland Garros. Will the Spaniard hit peak form before Paris? Or could another surprise defeat be in store when he takes on the big-serving John Isner?

There are no question marks on who the French Open favorite is, but even the most ardent Rafael Nadal fan is unsure of the kind of Rafa we will get in Paris. Will it be the man who sensationally stormed to his 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open? Or a lesser version of the player that went undefeated in Melbourne (who it has to be said looked vulnerable in Madrid)? Either way Nadal will have at least one week to fine tune his game at the last stop of the ATP 1000 series on clay at the Rome Open. The 10-time Rome Open champion will face a familiar foe in John Isner – the first man to take Nadal to five sets at Roland Garros.

John Isner breezed into the second round of the Rome Open with a deserved victory over Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo. While clay is not Isner’s strongest surface, he still had the ammunition of a powerful first serve that even on his worst days can trouble the greatest returners in the sport. The towering American hammered 13 aces past the Argentine, and although he was broken once in the match, the outcome never looked in doubt as Isner completed a 6-4 6-3 win in a packed Court 1.

Rafael Nadal leads John Isner 7-1 in their head-to-head. Isner’sonly win over the legendary Spaniard came at the 2017 Laver Cup. As dominant as Nadal’s record over Isner sounds, theirmatches have been very close affairs. That is largely due to Isner’s monstrous serve which is arguably the best in the business. But as long as Nadal capitalizes on the premium chances he gets, he should be expected to charge into the third round.

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

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