Home favourite Rafael Nadal takes on Alexei Popyrin in the third round of the 2021 Madrid Open from 2pm BST…
Home favourite Rafael Nadal takes on Alexei Popyrin in the third round of the 2021 Madrid Open from 2pm BST on Thursday.
After lifting the trophy in Barcelona a week ago, Rafael Nadal is on a mission to win back-to-back trophies for the first time in the last two years. Rafa’s sole defeat on clay this season came against Rublev in Monte Carlo in the Quarter-finals. Rafa made light work of Carlos Alcaraz in the previous round here in Madrid, winning in straight sets 6-1, 6-2. The Spaniard is now on a six-match winning streak, having dropped just two sets in the process.
Meanwhile, Alexei Popyrin continues to surprise lots of people with his form on clay. He has won seven of his last ten matches on clay and he looked incredibly solid here in Madrid. He came from qualifiers, which means he has already played four matches but the impressive fact is that he didn’t drop a single set in the process. In addition, the Aussie needed just 1 hour and 36 mins to secure a victory over Jannik Sinner in the previous Madrid round.
Alexei Popyrin is in great shape at the moment, but we think that facing Rafael Nadal on his favourite surface is a bit too much for the Aussie’s level. Under 18.5 games at a price of 4/6 can be good value here.
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