Nadal vs Bolelli
1st round in Paris and a match between Rafa Nadal and Simone Bolelli.
I am not sure what's the appropriate way to start here..Players from almost the same age, having 5 matches and all of them won by Rafa Nadal. Two of them were on clay- in Madrid 2015 Nadal won 6:2 6:2, while in Roland Garros 2012 it's 6:2 6:2 6:1 for Rafa in the 1st round match such as here.It's total domination by the Spaniard against the Italian and the question is not whether Radal will drop a set or not, but how many games Bolelli can win.
Rafa is in tremendious form and that's obvious. In this tournament he is like a real monster, won it 10 times and he also proved it last year when he won it without dropping a SET. In one of the matches on his way to the title he eliminated Basilashvili giving the Georgian just 1 GAME, which was astonishing. it looks like a walk in a park for Rafa and it will be huge surprise if Nadal doesn't win comfortably with difference in straight sets. What about Bolelli? If I have to be honest I didn't watch him for months. I saw a video of his QF in Estoril against Tiafoe and the American beat him with difference. His last match against a player closer to Nadal was even here in Roland Garros 2017 against Theim when he also lost in three sets with 10 games difference being competitive only in the first set.
World number one against a challenger player in the Grand slam in Paris? How can I not pick Nadal to win comfortable here..the best line for me is -10.5 games, which means Bolelli can win max 7 games if Nadal close all of them with 6 in his favor. I won't be surprised if Nadal succeeds to bagel his opponent in one of the sets. The main problem is that this is one of the last matches in the daily schedule and the weather forecast is not the best one. It's expected to rain in the afternoon and this match has a big chance to be finished on Tuesday. The weather conditions are the same foe both of them, Nadal proved during the years that suspendings of his matches in Paris is not such a big problem and he can be even more aggresive and concentrated after the pause. It's a little bit annoying but also typical for the Grand slams in Paris and London.
Nadal vs Bolelli prediction
|Nadal -10.5 Games AH||Bet365||1.66||10||3-0 LOST (-10 units)|