Rafael Nadal will lock horns with Lleyton Hewitt in the second round of the ongoing Sony Open Tennis tournament.

It would be a great contest. Nadal would be looking to put up a good show after his disappointing exit from the BNP Paribas Open where he was the defending champion, He suffered a defeat in the third round there which was a huge surprise for his fans all over the world.

Hewitt, on the other hand, seems to be back in the kind of form that had made him a superstar way back in 2004. He has been consistent of late and has been beating top players on the tour.

The Australian didn’t look at his best in his first round match against the German player Robin Haas yesterday though, but, he somehow got over the line in three sets.

However, against Nadal, he would not be able to get away with a poor start, that’s for sure.

As far as the head to head record of these two players is concerned, it’s 6-4 in the favour of Nadal. Hewitt actually had been leading it by 4-1 at one point of time, but, because of a number of defeats that he has suffered against the Spaniard in the recent past, he has fallen behind.

The last time that Hewitt had got better of Nadal was about 8 years ago and that’s a long time.

The Australian would like to end that win drought tomorrow, but, it would require a special performance from him.

Nadal is all pumped up for this tournament. He has been training hard since that Indian Wells defeat and would really go hard at Hewitt.

It’s surely Nadal who is the favourite purely because of his class and his range of shots.