Rafael Nadal hasn’t lost in several weeks, and he’ll look to extend his 11-match winning streak Thursday. The King of Clay is set to face American Sam Querrey in the third round of the 2016 Madrid Open.
After getting a bye in the first round, Nadal didn’t have much trouble in the second round. The Spaniard defeated Andrey Kuznetsov in straight sets on Tuesday, and he’s a heavy favorite to advance on Thursday. Nadal has -1800 betting odds at Bovada.lv, and Querrey is a +1000 underdog. The odds of the match going longer than two sets are +375, and the odds of Nadal winning in straight sets are -500.
"My serve has been solid," Nadal said on Tuesday. "I served well both in Monte Carlo and in Barcelona. And it's going to be vital to serve well here as well to have a good tournament."
Sixteen players remain in the tournament, which was won by Andy Murray a year ago. Murray won in the final against Nadal, who took home the title in 2013 and 2014. Nadal has won the Madrid Open four times in his career.
Murray also advanced to the third round with a win in three sets over Radek Stepanek. The tournament favorite, No.1 ranked Novak Djokovic, is in the Round of 16, as well.
Nadal was upset in his first match at the Miami Open, but he’s since won two straight tournaments. Nadal defeated Gael Monfils in the finals of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, and he didn’t lose a set en route to a championship in Barcelona.
Nadal’s match against Querrey won’t start before 2 p.m. ET (8 p.m. in Madrid) on Thursday. In three head-to-head matches, Nadal is undefeated. They haven’t met since 2008 when Nadal needed four sets to get by Querrey in the fourth round of the U.S. Open.
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