As the quarter finals of the ATP Beijing is about to start Rafael Nadal will take on Jack Sock in the second quarter-final of the day. The two have faced each other only one time before; in the R16 elimination of the french Open, a game which Nadal safely took home with 6-3 6-1 5-7 6-2. This will surely be quite an interesting fixture with Rafael Nadal having his sights set on his first hard court title since 21 months back and a way to improve his record and subsequently his ranking.
Rafael Nadal will be coming into this game with 4 victories and 1 defeat in his latest 5 games. Nadal has been looking stronger and stronger throughout the ATP Beijing and has been stepping up to do what is necessary to win each game, he made 0 aces against Vasek Pospisil who scored 10 aces against Nadal and Nadal still won that fixture with 7-6(3) 6-4.
The ranked 30th Jack Sock will be coming into this game with 4 victories and 1 defeat in his 5 latest games aswell however all of these games was versus players with ranks of 50+. For Jack to grab a win in Beijing over Nadal he will need to step up his game even further. Though Jack Sock has shown to be in quite a good shape so the fixture should prove not to be THAT one-sided, but Rafael Nadal will most likely win this fixture in straight sets.
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The viking believes that this should be quite an easy fixture for Rafael Nadal even though he sounded humble in an interview with ATPWorldtour. There´s just to much of a class difference between the two players for the viking to consider this to be an even match up, Jack Sock has been facing players of a completely different league and it´s very likely that such a powerful opponent as Rafael Nadal will overpower him quite easy. Jack Sock will need a combination of his a-game, luck and determination to win, especially with Rafael Nadal having his eyes set on the final versus Novak Djokovic and for the title to prove to everyone that he´s not to be counted out even versus the likes of Djokovic and Federer.
Rafael Nadal – Jack Sock 2-0 @ 2.30
The vikings picks for this game:
Rafael Nadal – Jack Sock, Rafael Nadal @ 1.48
Under 22.5 games @ 1.86
Under 28.5 games @ 1.31
Under 2.5 sets @ 1.53
First set winner, Rafael Nadal @ 1.56
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