2009 Champion Rafael Nadal will take on German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann in the second round of the 2022 Australian Open. Nadal is ranked 5th in the world while Hanfmann is the world no.126.
Rafael Nadal vs Yannick Hanfmann: Match Details
- Tournament: Australian Open 2022
- Date: 19 January 2022
- Match: Rafael Nadal vs Yannick Hanfmann
- Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne
- Surface: Hard Court
- Prize Money: USD 110,937
Rafael Nadal vs Yannick Hanfmann: Preview
In Djokovic’s absence, Nadal will fancy his chances to win his second Australian Open title. He returned on tour after almost 5 months a week ago in Melbourne and won the Melbourne Summer Set tournament on return- his 89th career title. He is slowly and steadily getting back in form which was evident in his first round clash. He defeated American Marcos Giron convincingly in straight sets 6-1,6-4,6-2 to storm into the second round.
As for Hanfmann, he has been a consistent performer on the Challenger tour but lost form towards the end of 2021. He won just 2 matches in the last 4 tournaments of 2021 and started his 2022 season in the Australian Open qualifiers. He lost just one game in those three matches to make a main draw appearance. In the first round, he got the better of in form Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis in straight sets 6-2,6-3,6-2 to book a date with Nadal.
Rafael Nadal vs Yannick Hanfmann: Head-to-Head
This will be the second meeting between the duo. Nadal leads the H2H 1-0. They last met at the 2019 French Open where Nadal won in straight sets.
Rafael Nadal vs Yannick Hanfmann: Prediction
It is a given that Nadal will start the favorite against Hanfmann. The Spanish legend showed glimpses of his old form in the first round with his baseline winners. He served well on Rod Laver Arena- an aspect of game he has been struggling with since the last year. Once again, Nadal’s first serve and offensive baseline game will be key to get past Hanfmann. The German has already punched above his weight and will have nothing to lose against Nadal. Expect an easy outing for Rafa.
Prediction: Nadal to win in straight sets.
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