All eyes will focus on the evening match between top seed Rafael Nadal and the talented 25th seed Gael Monfils set for the last match in Rod Laver Arena tonight. Nadal is playing through the top heavy part of the draw and will face the spectacular Monfils in what will be Rafa’s biggest challenge of the New Year.
Monfils has immense athleticism. He has only reached the 4th round once, in 2009. However, he has looked sharp since returning from injury last season and appears at the top of his game, The question is does the Frenchman believe he can compete and win three sets against the imposing Nadal. That is a challenge against which most players come up short. I look for Monfils to win one set but not anymore.
Rafael Nadal to win
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