Rafael Nadal vs Dustin Brown Preview – ATP Halle 2014 Round 2

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Following his remarkable title win at Roland Garros, clay court king Rafael Nadal will begin his transition onto grass, where he will begin his campaign with a second round match-up against Germany’s Dustin Brown. This is the first time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour.

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal secured a historic ninth French Open title and a remarkable fourteen Grand Slam titles overall, which puts him alongside Pete Sampras at No. 2 in the Grand Slam title-leaders list, Rafa produced a remarkable contest in front of the Parisian crowd, as he overwhelmed Djokovic for three out of the four sets played to lift his fifth consecutive title at Roland Garros. Novak won the opening set, and was in a strong position to win the second set, but Nadal stormed back into the match and never looked back. The win is even more impressive when you consider that Nadal had defeated David Ferrer and Andy Murray in his two previous matches at Roland Garros.

Brown defeated Alex Kuznetsov in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 and now faces the daunting task of meeting Nadal, who won his ninth French Open title on Sunday. Nadal will be aiming to win his 700th career match when he meets Brown.

This is the first time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, and should be a highly intriguing contest, as it serves the purpose of gauging Nadal’s preparedness for the grass court season. Will the Spaniard make a successful transition so soon after winning Roland Garros? Will his knees hold up compared to the last couple of years? There are many questions that require answers.

Prediction: Rafael Nadal in Three Sets

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