Rafael Nadal vs Jack Sock ATP Rome tennis tips, Predictions and Live Stream: Nadal continues quest for eighth Rome title, Bettingpro Staff 18 May 2017
Nadal began his tournament by playing just three games in his opener. Nicolas Almagro, having lost the first 3 games of the match, retired with a knee injury. While he hasn’t overplayed for fatigue to become an issue, Nadal will be happy for the extended rest although he is sure to be disappointed that it had to come at the expense of his countryman suffering a bad injury.
That winning streak now stands at 16 and it would not be surprising for him to extend that to 27 with titles here and in Paris. It would possibly help him with his chances to move back to no.1 in the rankings but a whole lot would have to go right on both his part and that of the other top players. He also insists that he won’t chase it as Andy Murray did last year successfully. “If it happens because I am playing so well, great. But I am not going to do a calendar to try to be No. 1. I am going to try to do my calendar the normal calendar, and if happens, will be something amazing, but that not worries me a lot.” he said.
Sock has had a good year and has a career high ranking of 14 for his efforts. Coming into Madrid, Sock had the longest current streak of quarter finals at Masters 1000 events but that was ended in quick time with a shock loss to Nicolas Mahut. The American began with three set wins over Schwartzman and Vesely in the early rounds here.