A March 10 ESPN report indicates that Rafael Nadal’s career-high in double-faults during his second round (live stream and TV) match at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open, could be attributed to the same injury that cost him the Australian Open title in January.
Rafa’s back will be tested once again tonight, as he takes on 28th seeded Ukrainian, Alexandr Dolgopolov in the (Stadium 1) live stream and televised portion of Monday’s action from Indian Wells, Calif.
“[It was] one of the toughest moments of my career, being in the final of a Grand Slam [and] spending one-and-a-half hour there knowing you will not win,” said the top-seeded Spaniard before surviving 8 double-faults against Radek Stepanek. “You will not win is not important thing; worse thing is you will not compete.”
Tennis Channel will broadcast this third-round match following the conclusion of the women’s singles clash between fourth-seeded (Russian) Maria Sharapova and (Italian) qualifier Camila Giorgi.
Courtesy of Watch-ESPN, tennis fans around the world can witness the 13-time Grand Slam champion continue his journey towards a fourth BNP Paribas Open title via free live stream online. Click here to watch the action on a desktop and a number of Internet mobile devices or visit ESPN3 for more information.
As far as tonight’s opponent is concerned, not only is Nadal undefeated against Dolgopolov, he’s yet to drop a set in five meetings. This will also be the second time that the Spaniard and the Ukrainian have met in between the lines.
The world’s No.1 defeated his 31st ranked counterpart in last month’s Rio Open (clay) tournament by a final score of 6-3, 7-6(3). According to tennis oddsmakers, Rafael Nadal comes in as an -800 ML favorite to oust Alexandr Dolgopolov [+550 ML], and the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 21 games.
Considering it’s no secret that Rafa is less than 100 percent, can the Dolgopolov take advantage of the situation and pull off an improbable upset?
Don’t miss tonight’s BNP Paribas Open 2014 third-round showdown between two of the world’s best. Tune to Tennis Channel to watch the action live on a TV, or simply click on the link above to stream it live courtesy of Watch-ESPN and ESPN3.