Djokovic vs Nadal
2018 Wimbledon, SF No.2
The real tennis classic in this Wimbledon Semifinal, Novak Đoković against Rafael Nadal.
It's their even 52nd mutual meeting with Serbian player leading 26-25 in h2h.
Although I would like to see Novak in the finals, I think Nadal will tie the above mentioned mutual record. I mean Nadal should win this match.
For Đoković it would be great if he would reach the finals. In that case he probably would win the title given on fact who are the players in other SF. Trophy here would prove that Novak is really back. And I am cheering for him but this is betting, you risk money so it's not about who you would like to win but who really has better chances to do so. Here IMO it's Rafa.
At one moment it seemed to me Novak could go all the way but QF matches changed my mind. For me Novak's tennis was really average against Nishikori and although final result seems convincing, I can't agree that was tennis of someone who is aiming Wimbledon trophy. Firstly, Nishikori was desperate, his tennis looked like someone from challenger level. I mean so many unforced errors. Plus Nishikori is not fit, not even close, seems he is dealing with small injury problems. Against such Japanese player, Novak was making too many unforced errors too and lost one set too. Fact it was 6:2/6:2 in third and fourth set didn't convince me Đoković was too great.
On the other side impressive Nadal's victory over Delpo. Fact he made comeback against that day excellent Delpo, for me really was impressive. Back then I won bet on Del Potro in handicap games but it could easily be different. Back then I said how on grass we can't trust Nadal too much and that Delpo stand a chance. Well, Delpo really was tough to be beaten but Nadal proved that unlike some previous seaaons, now he found his best grass court form.
Also, fact Rafa was 5 sets on the court last time is not worrying for me. IMO he is the best prepared player of today's tennis. If there is someone who can play 5 sets match after match, it's him.
Djokovic vs Nadal prediction
|Nadal||Pinnacle||1.99||8||2-3 LOST (-8 units)|