TennisSection previews the 2022 French Open as Rafael Nadal takes on Felix Auger-Aliassime in the fourth round on Sunday, May 29th, 2022.
13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal will face Felix Auger-Aliassime – a man coached by Uncle Toni, in a match that is guaranteed to bring a conflict of interest in both camps. Who will prevail?
Rafael Nadal rolled into the third round of the French Open without dropping a set and not losing more than four games in a set. With concerns regarding his foot injury dominating headlines before the start of the tournament, Nadal has quashed any fears and has been in fine fettle so far, beating the likes of Jordan Thompson, Corentin Moutet and Botic van de Zandschulp. Against the Dutchman, Nadal played his best match of the week and the legendary Spaniard called it a positive test which he passed with flying colours. And on the Sunday, he will play a Top 10 player in Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Felix Auger-Aliassime, for his part, has been tested and overcame a scare in his opening-round match against Juan Pablo Varillas. The Peruvian qualifier looked well on course to complete an unlikely win on Day 1 of the 2022 French Open before the Canadian turned the match around from two sets to love down. Auger-Aliassime had never won a match in Paris before this year, losing in the first round in each of his last two main draw appearances. But now that he has broken his hoodoo, he has looked unstoppable in his last two rounds.
Rafael Nadal owns a 1-0 head-to-head record over Felix Auger-Aliassime. He defeated the Canadian young gun in their meeting in Madrid three years ago. Auger-Aliassime has since developed into a full-fledged Top 10 competitor. Nadal will certainly use this match to refine his game and work on those finer details before the potential last eight clash against Djokovic. The Spanish lefty might not have gotten the perfect warm up for his title challenge, but he looks in excellent form heading into the second week. Expect Nadal to come out on top again.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Rafael Nadal to win in four sets.
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