Nadal vs Djokovic
Finals in Rome. So, we are going to see Nadal vs Đoković duel after all. I was quite convincing in Novak loss yesterday from Nishikori but he won at the end although we saw terrible performance from him in the opening set. Still as much the Serb was poor in the opening, Nishikori was as much in the second. And then in the third set I would not say the better player won but the less weak player passed to the finals.
In any case, neither of them would be able to make some serious threats to Rafael Nadal at this moment.
My bet would be on Rafa who ever is in the finals and it turned out it's Đoković.
I opted here for games handicap cause simply I feel this is the safest bet. Namely, even if Nadal loses one set (which I doubt), he still can cover this line when find the right rhythm in rest of the match. Something similar like yesterday when he destroyed Fabio Fognini after losing the opening set. BTW Rafa was 4:1 up back then also in the first but after short break due to medical time out, he lost momentum and allowed to Fognini to take a lead.
Today IMO we won't see bad periods in Nadal's game. If there is someone against whom Rafa would play his max in every single point, then it's Novak.
On the other side no doubt Novak will give his best too but I am afraid that Novak's current best is simply not enough to challenge Rafael Nadal's clay court dominance.
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Nadal vs Djokovic prediction
|Nadal -4.5||Pinnacle||1.74||8||7-6,6-3 LOST (-8 units)|