TennisSection previews the 2022 Nitto ATP Finals as Rafael Nadal takes on Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Group Stage on Tuesday, November 15th, 2022.
Will Rafael Nadal get his first win on the board at the Nitto ATP Finals? Or will Felix Auger-Aliassime end the Spaniard’s bid to win it all? Both players lost their opening round-robin matches, leaving them with all to play for in a crucial encounter on Tuesday. Who will prevail?
Rafael Nadal competed bravely for the best part of one setagainst Taylor Fritz before he was outmuscled by the Americanat the Nitto ATP Finals. Fritz never faced a break point in his dominant 7-6 6-1 win, whereas Nadal faced nine. The legendary Spaniard has been prone to such losses on fast hard courts, which in essence, does not come as a great surprise. Nadal’s biggest weapons are completely neutralized here, and Fritz with his monstrous first serve, was able to accelerate and overpower Nadal even in baseline rallies. Rafa’s task will only get harder from here. His chances of securing the year-end No. 1 ranking are diminishing by the minute, and unless he can get his first win under his belt when he takes on Auger-Aliassime, he is unlikely to topple Alcaraz at the summit.
Felix Auger-Aliassime, meanwhile, suffered his very own shockdefeat in his group stage opener at the Nitto ATP Finals. The Canadian powerhouse, making his Nitto ATP Finals debut, went down in straight sets to Roland Garros finalist Casper Ruud. The match itself featured just one break point, which was subtly taken by the Norwegian en route to a 7-6 6-4 win.
Rafael Nadal leads Felix Auger-Aliassime 2-0 in their head-to-head. Their last match at the French Open was an instant classicas Nadal battled past the man who is now coached by his own uncle in five sets. Nadal’s belief in winning the Nitto ATP Finals is wearing thin. He needs a statement victory. His season of sustained brilliance deserves a happy ending, but he is unlikely to get one. Auger-Aliassime, like Fritz, is a hyper-aggressive player. A big first serve, an even lethal forehand and a varied all-court game thanks to his doubles experience this season should hold him in good stead here. Expect the Canadian to add to Nadal’s agony.
Free Tennis Prediction and Pick: Felix Auger-Aliassime in 3 Sets.
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