Spaniard Rafael Nadal will play against Italian Fabio Fognini in the second round of the US Open. The match will take place on September 2 in New York, starting at 00:30 GMT.

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US Open 2022

Rafael Nadal vs Fabio Fognini

Match Details

Date: September 2, 2022.

Tournament: US Open 2022.

Round: Second round (Round of 64).

Venue: New York, United States.

Category: Grand Slam.

Prize money: $60,102,000.

Preview

Nadal had a brilliant season, winning the Australian Open and the French Open. He also won the Mexican Open and the Melbourne Summer Set without dropping a set in either tournament.

After pulling out of the Wimbledon semi-finals with an injury, Nadal returned to action at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati and lost his first match to eventual champion Borna Coric.

He then took part in the US Open and faced Australian Rinki Hijikata in the first round. The Spaniard came back from the set and won 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3, ending the match with a brilliant winning right hand.

Fabio Fognini

Fabio Fognini did not have the best season in 2022, his best performance was the semi-finals at the Rio Open and Serbia Open.

During the US Open series, Fognini advanced to the main draw of the Canadian Open and lost to Holger Rune 7-5, 6-3. The tennis player reached the second round of the Western & Southern Open, but lost to Andrei Rublev in three sets.

The 35-year-old suffered the same fate at the Winston-Salem Open, where he reached the second round before losing to Jack Draper.

Fognini then entered the US Open and faced Aslan Karatsev in the first round. The Italian lost two sets before making a spectacular comeback to win 1-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.

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Head to Head

Nadal leads 13-4 head-to-head against Fognini and will face him for the 18th time on Thursday.

Nadal and Fognini last met in the round of 16 of the 2021 Australian Open when the Spaniard won 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

Rafael Nadal

Odds

Rafael Nadal win 1.07 Fabio Fognini win 8.80

Prediction

Nadal will enter the match as the favorite to win, given the form of both players. The Spaniard will be happy to return to winning ways and can be seen at his best as the US Open progresses.

The 36-year-old made 22 unforced errors against Hijikata but also scored 43 game-winning goals.

Fognini needs to be at his absolute best if he wants to stand a chance against Nadal. The Italian’s speed and agility on the court will be critical if he is to remain competitive in the competition.

If Nadal does not have health problems, he can defeat Fognini and reach the third round of the US Open.

Prediction for this meeting: Nadal win with a game handicap (-9.0).

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