Nadal Returns to Action at BNP Paribas Open, Faces Raonic in First Match

Nadal Returns to Action at BNP Paribas Open, Faces Raonic in First Match

Rafael Nadal’s long-awaited return to competitive tennis is set to take place at the BNP Paribas Open, where he will face Milos Raonic in his first official match since January. Nadal’s return has been highly anticipated after he missed the Australian Open due to an injury setback.

Despite his absence from the court, Nadal looked sharp in an exhibition match against Carlos Alcaraz in early March. While his movement may not be as fluid as it once was, his fighting spirit and ability to hit exceptional passing shots remain intact.

Raonic, on the other hand, has struggled with his baseline play and mobility in recent times. However, his powerful serve remains a formidable weapon, as evidenced by his impressive performance in Rotterdam before retiring due to injury.

The match is expected to be a close affair, with both players possessing strengths and weaknesses. Nadal’s endurance and ability to grind out long rallies could prove decisive, while Raonic’s serve will keep him in contention.

The over/under line for the match is set at 22.5 games, and it is likely to be a lengthy encounter. Raonic’s serve could force multiple tiebreakers, which would favor the over. Additionally, the possibility of a three-set match, which Nadal has a slight edge in, would also benefit over bettors.

However, it is worth noting that both players have had recent injury concerns. If either player is unable to complete the match, most sportsbooks will refund total bets.