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

Third seed Rafael Nadal will face John Isner in his opening match at the 2022 Italian Open.

Rafael Nadal vs John Isner
Rafael Nadal vs John Isner

10-time champion Rafael Nadal will be up against John Isner in the second round of the 2022 Rome Masters. Nadal is ranked 4th in the world while Isner is the World No.27.

Rafael Nadal vs John Isner: Match Details

  • Tournament: Italian Open 2022
  • Match: Rafael Nadal vs John Isner
  • Round: First Round
  • Date: 11th May 2022
  • Venue: Rome, Italy
  • Surface: Claycourt
  • Prize Money: €39,070

Rafael Nadal vs John Isner: Preview

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal has had a roller-coaster season so far. He had a dream start where he won the Melbourne Summer Set to start his season and then followed it up with a historic win at the Australian Open- his 21st major title. He then won the Mexican Open without dropping a set and then made it to the final of the Indian Wells Masters. He later revealed that he has a hairline fracture in his ribs which ruled him out for a month which meant that he was forced to skip the initial part of the clay season. He returned to the tour at Madrid last week where he reached the quarterfinal before losing to eventual champion Carlos Alcaraz.

John Isner, a veteran on tour, has had a decent season after a shocking start where he bowed out of the first round of the Australian Open. He bounced back with a semifinal outing at the Dallas Open and also reached the Round of 16 of the Mexican Open and the Indian Wells Masters. He then had the best result of this season- a runner-up finish at ATP Houston. He started his clay season in Madrid where he lost in the second round.

Rafael Nadal vs John Isner: Head-to-Head

John Isner
John Isner

This will be the 8th meeting between the duo. Nadal leads the H2H 7-1. They last met in Beijing 5 years ago where Nadal won in straight sets.

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Rafael Nadal vs John Isner: Prediction

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Nadal will enter the match as the obvious favorite. Despite not being at his 100%, clay is Nadal’s comfort zone and he is one of the favorites to go all the way. He is the defending champion and would like to test his game against Isner. The American will once again rely on his big serve and would want to mix it up with a bit of kick. Having said that, Nadal shouldn’t have much trouble fazing off Isner’s challenge.

Prediction: Nadal to win in straight sets.

Rafael Nadal vs John Isner: 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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