This will be Nadal’s first day-session match. That might require an adjustment, but I’d say it’s also to his advantage. Tiafoe would probably have more to work with, crowed-noise-wise, at night.
As for the match itself, starting out, Rafa likely won’t feel that he has to do anything different to win. That onus will be on Tiafoe, who will need to be as good as his word and keep a full-court press on the whole way. It should be fun to see if, and how, Nadal fends him off. Winner: Nadal
- 2022 US Open Round 3, By the Numbers | usopen.org
22-0 — Rafael Nadal improves to a perfect 22-0 at the Grand Slams in 2022 with his third-round triumph over Richard Gasquet. The 2022 Australian Open and Roland Garros champion went 5-0 at Wimbledon, but had to pull out before the semifinals due to an abdominal injury.
36 — At 36, Nadal is the oldest player remaining in either singles draw.
- “I think if you watch Rafa and Novak moving around the court now, they’re moving pretty similar to how they were five, six years ago” – Andy Murray after US Open 3R loss to Matteo Berrettini | sportskeeda.com
“I think if you watch Rafa and Novak moving around the court now, who are similar age, I think they’re moving pretty similar to how they were five, six years ago, whereas for me there’s obviously been a bit of a drop-off there,” said Murray.
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