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Rafael Nadal vs. Francisco Cerundolo 2022 Wimbledon Odds, Preview and Pick

By Carlos Chacon

After successfully defending his throne on the clay courts, Rafael Nadal is back for another run at the Wimbledon crown. Nadal’s first-round opponent Francisco Cerundolo stands in the way, with Cerundolo looking to also take his prowess on clay to the grass courts of Wimby for the very first time.

Nitrobetting is ready to volley the latest tennis news, odds, and updates all year round. This time, let’s break down the upcoming 2022 Wimbledon gentlemen’s singles first-round match between Rafael Nadal and Francisco Cerundolo.

Rafael Nadal vs. Francisco Cerundolo 2022 Wimbledon Match Information

  • When: Tuesday, June 28, 2022
  • Where: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, England
  • TV: ESPN
  • Live Stream: ESPN+
  • 2022 Wimbledon Betting Odds: Nadal (-3,333) / Cerundolo (+1,192)

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Why Bet on Rafael Nadal?

Living legend Rafael Nadal never ceases to impress. The 36-year-old superstar had just recently won his career-defining 14th French Open title and has won the first two Grand Slam tournaments of 2022 after an injury held him out of action since his abrupt retirement in the semifinal round of the French Open last year.

In 2022 alone, Nadal has racked up four wins and five final-round appearances as if he’d never left the scene. The sensational Spaniard did suffer quick exits from the Madrid and Rome Masters, but made up for that slump with his patented winning run at Roland Garros.

Another reason to be concerned about Nadal’s chances of winning it all in Wimbledon is his relatively lackluster performances at the event. Although Rafa has made the semis in back-to-back seasons the last time he played in London, he’s only won the Wimbledon men’s singles title twice in his career, with his last championship run dating back to 2010.

Why Bet on Francisco Cerundolo?

Rising ATP Tour challenger Francisco Cerundolo has been very active this year thus far, and the 23-year-old Argentinian’s hard work has definitely paid off. Thanks to a strong semifinal showing at the Miami Open, the Buenos Aires native now finds himself as the No. 42-ranked male tennis player in the world.

This will be the first time that Cerundolo will face Nadal on the other side of the court. While a first-round Wimbledon match against a future Hall-of-Famer is as daunting as they come, the Latin-American upstart has five wins in the ATP Challenger circuit since October of 2020.

Then again, like Nadal, Cerundolo’s at his best on the clay courts and not necessarily on grass. In turn, the two should be well-matched in Tuesday’s opening-round bout with their respective strengths on clay sidelined for the remainder of the tournament.

Nadal vs. Cerundolo 2022 Wimbledon Betting Trends

  • Nadal has a 53-12 lifetime record at Wimbledon.
  • Rafa is 10-2 in his last 12 matches played on grass; all at Wimby.
  • Cerundolo has a 19-13 record in 2022 thus far.
  • Cerundolo is 3-3 on grass since 2019; albeit with two of those three wins coming merely in the qualifying round.

Rafael Nadal vs. Francisco Cerundolo Expert Betting Prediction

Considering that both Nadal and Cerundolo are masters of the clay courts and not grass, anything could definitely happen in their tournament opener, even a huge upset for the latter. Then again, Nadal’s sheer experience at Wimbledon regardless of the recent final outcomes could very well prevail over a relatively unproven talent in Cerundolo.

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