Italian Open 2022: Rafael Nadal vs Denis Shapovalov Prediction, Head to Head, Preview, and Live Stream details for Rome Masters

Defending champion Rafael Nadal will lock horns against Denis Shapovalov in the third round of the 2022 Rome Masters.

Rafael Nadal vs Denis Shapovalov
Rafael Nadal vs Denis Shapovalov

21-time grand slam champion Rafael Nadal will be up against Denis Shapovalov in the Round of 16 of the 2022 Rome Masters. Nadal is ranked 4th in the world while Shapovalov is World No.16.

Rafael Nadal vs Denis Shapovalov: Match Details

  • TournamentItalian Open 2022
  • Match: Rafael Nadal vs Denis Shapovalov
  • Round: Third Round
  • Date: 12th May 2022
  • Venue: Rome, Italy
  • Surface: Claycourt
  • Prize Money: €72,865

Rafael Nadal vs Denis Shapovalov: Preview

Rafael Nadal, ATP Madrid Open
Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal currently leads the ATP Race and has been the best player this season so far. He had a dream start to the season where he won the Melbourne Summer Set in lead up to the Australian Open and then won his record 21st major title in Melbourne. He continued his good form in Acapulco where he won the Mexican Open. He continued his winning run at Indian Wells before losing to Taylor Fritz in the final.

Nadal was then ruled out for a month due to a hairline rib fracture and returned on tour at the Madrid Masters where he reached the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Carlos Alcaraz. This week in Rome, he defeated John Isner in the second round in straight sets 6-3,6-1.

Denis Shapovalov is a much improved player this season but he still is very inconsistent. He made it to the quarterfinal of the Australian Open where he pushed Rafael Nadal to 5 sets and also made it to the quarterfinal of the Qatar Open. He then reached the semifinal of the Dubau Tennis Championships- his best result of the season. He only managed to win 1 match at the Golden Swing and lost in the second round of the Madrid Open. This week in Rome, he survived a first round scare from Lorenzo Sonego and then defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in the second round in straight sets 6-4,7-6(5).

Rafael Nadal vs Denis Shapovalov: Head-to-Head

Denis Shapovalov
Denis Shapovalov

This will be the 6th meeting between the duo. Nadal leads the H2H 6-1. They last met at the Australian Open earlier this year where Nadal won in 5 sets.

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Rafael Nadal vs Denis Shapovalov: Prediction

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Nadal and Shapovalov played an epic 3-set match at Foro Italico 12 months ago and here they are at the same stage once again. The two southpaws have had very tight matches in their recent meetings and the same is expected once again. Nadal will have an advantage but the Canadian levels up against Nadal. The courts will suit Rafa but Shapovalov will want to take lead from the baseline. Expect yet another thriller with Rafa making it to the quarterfinal.

Prediction: Nadal to win in three sets.

Rafael Nadal vs Denis Shapovalov: Broadcast and Livestream details

  • UK and Ireland- Amazon Prime
  • USA- Tennis Channel
  • Australia– beIN
  • The Middle East and North Africa- beIN Sports
  • Central America- ESPN
  • Caribbean Islands- Sportsmax
  • South America and Oceania- ESPN International
  • Canada- TSN, and DAZN
  • Sub-Saharan Africa- SuperSport
  • India– Voot

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