The supreme tennis Ace from Spain has been suffering with some semi-serious illness as of late and he has been adviced to not participate in this tournament and rather let the infection ride itself out. (Read more here) He have been on antibiotics and have missed practice for some time, but he is set on fighting for the title here and go deep. Luckily for him he does not have to start until Wednesday, which he claimed is the reason he actually went ahead and showed up.
Feliciano Lopez is another solid spanish tennis player competing, but he is not battling with any problematic illnesses. He have been doing great work earlier and have ran deep in the Shanghai tournament some time before (semi final in 2009). He have had a good season so far and claimed a solid 2-1 victory over the australian Kokkinakis earlier in the tournament.
Nadal is off course the better player of these two and of their earlier meets Nadal leads 9-2. The only times he have had troubles with Lopez is on hard courts, and that is exactly what they are playing on now. Lopez is a serving specialist and can give him trouble if he is not in top form, and we now know that he isn’t feeling well at all.
Lopez will likely not go all the way, but here we like him to take out Nadal early. We will play him with a handicap as well to feel even more secure, but if you are in a gambling mood you can take him straight up as well. Our thoughts is that Nadal might take it easy now, but still fight for a victory and thus let him in the game somewhat.
Our Predictions: Feliciano Lopez (+3.5) to win (Odds are 2.00 @ BetVictor)