Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal has won the Rome Masters title seven timesGetty

Rafael Nadal takes on Philipp Kohlschreiber in the men's singles second round clash of the Rome Masters on 11 May (Wednesday).

Where to watch live

Match starts at 6.30pm BST. Live coverage in the UK is on Sky Sports 4 and Sky Sports 4 HD. Click here for the live streaming link. Live scores and regular updates will be available on ATP's official website.

Overview

Seven-time Rome Masters champion Rafael Nadal has had a brilliant run in 2016 and he will look to continue this form when he opens his campaign against Philipp Kohlschreiber on 11 May (Wednesday).

His winning streak of 13 matches may have been broken by Murray in the semi-final of the Madrid Open but the Spaniard is undoubtedly having one of his best seasons of recent times. There is still some way to go to reach the level of the Nadal of old, but with the French Open looming he will want to exert his dominance and win his eighth title.

World number 26 Philipp Kohlschreiber is playing his fifth straight week of tennis with rhythm not being an issue for the German. Kohlschreiber won his fifth ATP title earlier this year at Munich but he has never yet taken a set of his opponent in 13 encounters so far.

It is unlikely he will win against Nadal in what is the most anticipated match of the day.

Betting odds (betfair)

  • Rafael Nadal to win: 1/7
  • Philipp Kohlschreiber to win: 4

Head-To-Head

The duo have faced each other 13 times in ATP tennis history with Nadal coming out on top 12 times. The last time they met was in the semi-final of the Barcelona Open earlier in the year with the world number five winning 6-3, 6-3.

Rome Masters history

Nadal and Kohlschreiber have faced each other only once at the Rome Masters with Nadal winning 6-1, 6-3.