Worrisome Stat for Rafael Nadal Ahead of His Australian Open 2022 Quarterfinals Against Denis Shapovalov

Published 01/24/2022, 7:50 AM EST
Aug 5, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after a play against Lloyd Harris of South Africa (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports| Courtesy: Reuters

Rafael Nadal is one of the most decorated athletes in the world of Tennis. Record 20 Grand Slam Winner won his round of-16 match against French international Adrian Mannarino in 3 sets. Entering the quarterfinal round, Nadal will be aware of his worst record in the Australian Open at this very stage of the tournament.

While the French Open is considered Rafa’s “home tournament,” the Australian Open has always deluded the Spanish superstar. 13-time French Open winner has just 1 Australian Open title triumph, back in 2009.

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Rafael Nadal managed to reach the finals of the Australian Open 5 times in total 16 attempts. While he made it to the Australian Open quarters 13 times in his career. He stumbled 7 times against lower rank opponents. Nadal was in the top 3 ranking for all of those 7 tournaments but couldn’t clear the quarterfinals round.

Interestingly 4 of those 7 winners made it to the finals in their respective year. But they couldn’t win the title. In 2007 Fernando Gonzalez reached the finals of the Australian Open, where Roger Federer won the Grand Slam without dropping a set.

Andy Murray and Marin Cilic also lost to Roger Federer in the 2010 finals and 2018 finals respectively. They both had the Australian Open quarterfinals win over Rafael Nadal in those seasons. The 4th star to fall in the finals was Dominic Thiem, in the 2020 Australian Open, when Novak Djokovic won his 8th Australian Open title.

Rafael Nadal in 2022 Australian Open

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Great players like Nadal are unfazed by such data or records. Nadal is playing well this season, despite his foot problem. He has just dropped 1 set in this tournament and looks ready for any challenges.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 19, 2022. Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his second round match against Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

His quarterfinal opponent Denis Shapovalov has already registered a massive victory over World number 3 Alexander Zverev in the round of 16. The 22 year old Canadian, Shapovalov reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the first time in his career.

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Nadal has the upper hand in a head-to-head matchup between the two players. Out of 4 games played, Nadal has 3 wins, and Denis has one win in the 2017 ATP Masters. This is their 1st ever match at any major tournament, Rafa’s experience might prove vital in the game.

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Kunal Pradeep Chawda

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Kunal Chawda is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Holding a bachelors degree in IT engineering and masters in marketing, Kunal is obsessed with tennis, soccer and basketball. He has intensely followed sports since the year 2002 and also competed in his collegiate days.

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