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Rafael Nadal vs. Nick Kyrgios 3/17/22 - ATP Indian Wells, USA Men Singles Picks & Predictions

Game: Rafael Nadal vs Nick Kyrgios
Date & Time: 3/17/2022, 10:00 PM UTC
Location: Stadium 1
Address: Stadium 1, Indian Wells, USA
TV Channel: Tennis

Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has made it into the quarterfinals at the 2022 Indian Wells Masters in California. At this stage of the tournament, Nadal is set to play against Nick Kyrgios from Australia. 

Rafael Nadal has had an outstanding 2022 season having already won the Australian Open. Despite some reports of the Spaniard not being 100% fit, Nadal has looked in supreme form and enters this match on the back of a win in the previous round. Nadal won his most recent match in straight sets against Reilly Opelka from the United States. During the win, Nadal won vital points to ensure he remained in control of the contest. This will be a bigger challenge for Nadal but the Spaniard will hope to continue his winning ways. 

On the other side of the coin, Nick Kyrgios is a hugely form-reliant player and he enters this tournament in good form. Kyrgios won his previous match against Casper Ruud in straight sets. It was an easy win for the Australian superstar as Kyrgios won all of his service games and 2 return games. Nadal will be a tougher challenge but Kyrgios has had good results against the Spaniard in the past. 

Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios have played each other 8 times in the past with Nadal winning on 5 occasions and Kyrgios winning on 3 occasions. The most recent match between these two players was in 2020 at the Australian Open where Nadal won in 4 sets. The last time that Nick Kyrgios defeated Rafael Nadal was in 2019 at ATP Mexico where the Australian won in 3 sets. 


Free Tennis Pick: Rafael Nadal

Despite all the history between these two players, I still see Rafael Nadal winning this match. Nadal is in outstanding form and I see the Spanish superstar having what it takes to win the big matches. This should be a close match but I see Nadal winning and securing a spot in the semifinals of the tournament. 


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