In the framework of the ATP Cup on January 4, the first racket of the world Rafael Nadal will play with Nikoloz Basilashvili. We offer a forecast for this fight.

Rafael Nadal

Nadal began the new season in December. After winning the Davis Cup, the Spaniard took part in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi. There, the first racket of the world in the semifinals defeated the Russian Karen Khachanov (6-1, 6-3) and in the final broke the resistance of the unyielding Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (6-7, 7-5, 7-6).

Nikoloz Basilashvili

Basilashvili’s last season ended in Paris. At Masters in France, Nikoloz could not overcome the first round, losing in two sets to the representative of Moldova Rad Albot (3-6, 2-6). However, last year was not ineffective for Basilashvili – in July he defended his title in Hamburg, defeating Andrei Rublev in the decisive match (7-5, 4-6, 6-3).

Statistics and personal meetings

  • In personal meetings, Nadal leads 3-0.
  • In 2019, on the ground, Nadal defeated Basilashvili in two sets (6-1, 6-0).

Rafael Nadal vs Nikoloz Basilashvili Predictions

Basilashvili has been without playing practice for two months now, while Nadal played several matches in December, where he took part in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi. Joining the new season is always difficult and it is unlikely that Nikoloz will succeed in imposing the fight on the first racket of the world in the opening match for himself this year. We propose to put Nadal to victory with a handicap.