Rafael Nadal will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in one of the quarterfinals of the 2021 Australian Open today at Rod Laver Arena. The match will kick-off at 3 a.m ET. Get the live streaming options of this Rafael Nadal vs Stefanos Tsitsipas match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
How to watch Nadal vs Tsitsipas
- Date: Wednesday 16 February
- Match time: 8.30 am
- TV: Eurosport 1 (Sky channel 410/Virgin 521/BT 412)
- Live stream: Eurosport Player and Prime Video apps
Stefanos Tsitsipas name-checked Rafael Nadal even before the Australian Open draw had dropped them in the same half for the first grand slam of the year. In an interview from his quarantine hotel room, Tsitsipas mentioned beating Nadal on clay as one of his stated aims for 2021, perhaps even at Roland Garros.
Rafael Nadal vs Stefanos Tsitsipas Preview
Calvert has seen how Tsitsipas has been hitting serves, but he also knows Nadal still has one of the best return games in tennis. Over the past year, he has won more than 35 percent of his return games and converted almost 47 percent of break points. The back issue that has hampered Nadal in the early rounds seems to be loosening up and he says he is still highly motivated.
Nadal also has one of the game’s best forehands and is likely to use that to break down the Greek youngster’s one-handed backhand. The speedy surface benefits Nadal, who has not lost to Tsitsipas on a hard court. He is 6-1 in their all-time meetings, losing only on clay in Madrid, and has won 33 straight sets in majors dating to the start of October’s French Open.
Tsitsipas ranks fifth in the world, the highest-ranking for a Greek player in tennis history. He has five career titles and has made 10 finals since he turned pro in 2016. He has lost just two sets in his first five matches of 2021, both in the five-set, third-round victory against Thanasi Kokkinakis.
The 22-year-old Tsitsipas used an aggressive style to beat Nadal on clay at the Madrid Open in 2019. That could put pressure on the Spaniard’s ailing back and force him to make some unforced errors.
Nadal vs Tsitsipas: When and where is the match?
Australian Open quarterfinal match between Nadal and Tsitsipas is on 17 February at the Laver Rod Arena in Melbourne. The match gets underway at 3 a.m ET.
How to Live Stream Nadal vs Tsitsipas match?
All the Australian Open 2021 matches will be telecast live on the Sony Six and HD channels. Sony will also be offering Australian Open live streams, meaning that fans can watch the Rafael Nadal vs Tsitsipas live streaming on the SonyLIV app and website. The live scores of the games can be followed on the Australian Open website and Twitter page.
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If you don’t mind watching the Spanish broadcast of the match, FuboTV is a great option to tune in and watch the Nadal vs Tsitsipas live match from anywhere, whether it be your phone, tablet, computer, or TV.
How to watch Nadal vs Tsitsipas live online in the U.S:
You can watch the match on ESPN. ESPN Network recently became the exclusive English-language home of the Australian Open in the United States, including this game. This clash between Nadal and Tsitsipas is available to stream live via ESPN+. Kick-off for this game is at 3 am ET.
How to watch Nadal vs Tsitsipas live in the UK:
The Nadal vs Tsitsipas match will be broadcast on BT Sport, the exclusive rights holder for Australian Open Tennis competitions in the UK. The game being shown on its BT Sport 3 channel as well as via its BT Sport app for streaming.
How to watch Tsitsipas vs Nadal live in Canada:
DAZN has the rights for the Australian Open 2021 in Canada and will be showing this game with kick-off set for 3 am ET / 12 am PT.
The online-only network is offering a one-month free trial that will allow you to watch Tsitsipas vs Nadal live without paying a dime. If you decide to keep DAZN, you’ll pay $20-a-month or an annual subscription of $150.
How to watch Tsitsipas vs Nadal live in Australia:
If you want to watch Tsitsipas vs Nadal match live in Australia, then you’ll need to be an Optus Sports subscriber. Optus Sports holds exclusive live broadcast rights to the game.
Kick-off in Australia is at 7 am AEDT on Wednesday morning.
Nadal vs Tsitsipas Head to Head
There have been seven previous matches between these two players and Nadal leads 6-1. Tsitsipas’s only win over Nadal had come in the 2019 Madrid Masters while the Spaniard has beaten in their previous three meetings – at the 2019 Rome Masters and ATP Finals, and the 2020 ATP Finals.
Prediction and Tip
Nadal starts off at 4/9 to win this, and we are backing him to take this encounter. The question is whether Tsitsipas can give Nadal a fight before that happens, and we believe it would and hence the games market is the place to be.
Tip: Over 38.5 games in the match: 5/6