Mutua Madrid Open 2021 Quarter-Finals: Rafael Nadal v Alexander Zverev Preview, Head-to-Head, Prediction

Published 05/07/2021, 5:17 AM EDT
Alexander Zverev of Germany congratulates Rafael Nadal of Spain on winning their third round match on day six of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


The Mutua Madrid Open 2021 has reached its quarter-final stage, and fans will witness an epic encounter there. World No. 2 Rafael Nadal will be up against World No. 6 Alexander Zverev. Both the players are in superb form at the moment and have been playing aggressive tennis.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Rafael Nadal v Alexander Zverev: Preview

Rafael Nadal is currently on a 7-match winning streak, having come to Madrid after winning his 12th Barcelona Open title. He thrashed the youngster Carlos Alcaraz in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open 2021 and then beat Alexei Popyrin in the third round. He is yet to lose a single set in the tournament so far and thus will be a big threat to Zverev.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

On the other hand, Alexander Zverev hasn’t enjoyed much success on clay so far. However, he has also been in great form at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021 after winning two brilliant matches. He crushed the former World No. 5 Kei Nishikori in the second round and went on to defeat British No. 1, Dan Evans, in the third round. The German too has not dropped a single set in the Masters 1000 tournament so far.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Mexican Open – The Fairmont Acapulco Princess, Acapulco, Mexico – March 17, 2021, Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates after winning his second-round match against Serbia’s Laslo Djere REUTERS/Carlos Perez-Gallardo

While Rafa will be ready to face the high serves of Zverev, the German will try to find answers to the Spaniard’s splendid forehands. It’ll be tough for Zverev, but he’ll surely try to target Rafa’s backhand area in the match.

Rafael Nadal v Alexander Zverev: Head-to-Head

The two players have faced each other seven times in their careers so far. Rafa leads the head-to-head battle 5-2 at the moment. On clay, Nadal clearly dominates as he has won all the three encounters that happened between the two on the surface.

However, Zverev emerged as the winner in their last two meetings. The German defeated Nadal at the ATP Finals 2019 and at the Paris Masters 2020.

Nadal v Zverev: Prediction

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Since it’s clay, Rafael Nadal will surely begin the match as the favorite. It will not be a surprise if Rafa manages to steamroll Zverev in straight sets. However, the German will try to dominate the match with his serve. If he puts early pressure on Rafa and wins a set, he can turn the tables around.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his third-round match against Australia’s Alexei Popyrin REUTERS/Juan Medina

Fans are really looking forward to witnessing some great tennis today. Will Nadal be able to advance to yet another semi-final, or will Zverev put an end to the Spaniard’s winning streak at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

 

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Anshul Singh

957 articles

Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT