Rafael Nadal vs Jiri Lehecka - Madrid Open Tennis Prediction and Pick 4/30/24

Rafael Nadal vs Jiri Lehecka

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

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Five-time champion Rafael Nadal will face Czech rising star Jiri Lehecka in the fourth round of the 2024 Madrid Open. The late-night match is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Here's our Rafael Nadal vs Jiri Lehecka prediction.

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Could Rafael Nadal possibly go all the way? The legendary Spaniard continues to tick off another win on clay. This time, Nadal survived a resurgent performance from Pedro Cachin to advance into the fourth round. Nadal prevailed 6-1, 6-7, 6-3 in a three-hour battle. The five-time Madrid Open champion explained after the match that he was pleased with his performance but acknowledged some jittery moments when he did not play his best tennis. A quick look at the numbers indicates that Nadal dominated baseline rallies. He won twice the number of return points and broke Cachin's serve nine times.

Jiri Lehecka hadn't played in a month when he arrived at the 2024 Madrid Open. But the fast-rising Czech has exceeded expectations with two fantastic wins against tricky opponents. Lehecka saw off 2023 Next Gen champion Hamad Medjedovic to kick off his campaign in the best possible fashion and then upset Stefanos Tsitsipas' conqueror Thiago Monteiro in straight sets. The 30th seed hammered 10 aces and converted two of four break points to take down the Brazilian lefty. Reaching the fourth round is already the 22-year-old's best performance in Madrid, but can he take it even further?

Rafael Nadal vs Jiri Lehecka Head-To-Head

Nadal and Lehcka will meet for the first time on Tuesday at the Madrid Open.

Rafael Nadal vs Jiri Lehecka Prediction

Nadal doesn't consider himself as the favorite here admitting that he will be surprised if he escaped with a win. Lehecka will most certainly bring a lot more power to trouble the 37-year-old. He's also the fresher of the two. It will be interesting to see whether the three-hour battle against Cachin will take a toll on Nadal's body, having never played three clay-court matches in a row since the 2022 French Open. The line is very tight here, but Nadal's defiance and resilience might tip the match in his favor.

 

Nur’s Pick Rafael Nadal in three sets

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