Nadal vs Londero : French Open Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Nadal faces Londero for the first time with quarter final spot on the line
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Date : Jun 2, 2019
Start Time : 8:30 AM ET
Nadal vs Londero Live
Only twice has Nadal failed to make it into the quarter finals of the French Open- in 2009 when he was spectacularly upset by Robin Soderling in the fourth round- his first ever defeat at the tournament- and in 2016 when he withdrew from a scheduled third round meeting with Marcel Granollers due to a wrist injury. Overall, the 11-time champion is 12-1 in fourth round matches at Roland Garros.
Nadal heads into Saturday’s meeting with Londero on an eight-match winning streak, having won five matches in his title run in Rome, and registered three more at Roland Garros. He eased past a pair of German qualifiers- Yannick Hanfmann and Yannick Maden- in the first two rounds, but he encountered his first bit of adversity in the third round against David Goffin.
The defending champion started like a house on fire, dropping just one point on serve as he raced through the first set in just 30 minutes, and a break in the opening game of the second set ushered him on the path to a two-set lead. Having broken Goffin in the Belgium’s opening service games in the first two sets, Nadal threatened to do the same in the third, but Goffin held firm this time, fending off three break points to hang on to his serve.
As if liberated by that escape, Goffin began to play more freely, and a superb return game at 4-4, featuring a flurry forehand winners down the line got him the break of serve. The former world No. 7 confidently served out the set in the next game.
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It was only the 23rd set Nadal had dropped in 91 French Open matches- his first since losing to Novak Djokovic in the 2015 quarter finals.
Goffin began the fourth set the same way he had ended the second, striking the ball confidently and exuding an assured body language, but he dropped his level in the fourth game, helping Nadal to a break of serve with a forehand error on break point. The King of Clay maintained that lead till the end, recording his 89th win in 91 matches at Roland Garros.
“In the first set I played unbelievable, I think, so, so good”, Nadal continued. “Then a good second set, too. In the fourth [set], of course I had to fight again, and I think I became a little bit more aggressive again, and that was, at the end, the key.” “David is a great player,” said Nadal.
“When he’s playing well, he’s a player that already showed to everybody that he can win against every player in this world…”
Nadal is now 17-3 on clay this season, his three losses coming in consecutive semi-final defeats in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid at the start of the clay-court season- not quite near perfect record he had amassed in the previous campaigns- leading to question marks over his form, and chances of regaining his French Open title. However, a strong title run in Rome on the eve of Paris, repositioned the great man firmly as the man to beat at Roland Garros, as has been the case for most of the last decade and a half.