Anything who has been watching the French Open will undoubtedly agree that Nadal is playing the better tennis. He has blown by all his opponents without dropping a set which included dismissing Murray’s conqueror in just one hour and forty six minutes.
Number 1 seed, Novak Djokovic, has had a completely different route to the final. The World No. #1 has twice almost been defeated which included saving a lot of match points against Tsonga in the quarter-final. However, the Serb looked a little more grounded in his straight set defeat of Federer yesterday.
This only leads us to an intriguing final where Djokovic has a chance to hold all 4 Grand Slam titles and cement his place as World No. #1. Nadal has had the better of the Serb throughout the clay court season and has not even dropped a set to the “Djoker.”
Djokers are Wild
The bookmakers have made Nadal a very strong Favourite. Paddy Power offer the best price for the ‘King of Clay’ at 3/10 On. As mentioned before, the World No. #2 has been nothing short of brilliant this year on his favourite surface and with statistics like this, (everytime Nadal has stepped on a clay court he has won the match 93% of the time), it is no wonder he is so heavily priced.
Novak Djokovic has been very cheaply priced in my opinion. Ladbrokes offer him at 3/1, a price that should not be overlooked. If you have noticed anything about Djokovic it is that he has gotten better and better. I am not saying Nadal has dipped in anyway but Novak’s improvements on a clay court has been clear to see.
It leads me towards a little mental thinking. Has Djokovic been holding back for the Grand Slams? The World No. #1 has not played well since his Aussie Open win but has seemed to be raising his game nicely each match to suggest that he is ready for a battle on Sunday.
I would still favour Nadal due to his flawless tennis but do not doubt Djokovic as much as the bookmakers have. Lets not forget that he played 11 hours of incredible tennis in the space of 50 hours to win the Australian Open in January.
3/1 the price for a 5-setter
Predicting how long a match will go is never easy. When it comes to these 2 there are two scenarios to expect. 1. Nadal wins but Djokovic at least takes a set. I have to think that the ‘Serbanator’ will not try his absolute balls off and claim a set, probably the second set. A four set match is priced at 9/5 by BetVictor while Sportingbet offer Nadal to win 3-1 in sets as 3/1. A nice price in my opinion.
The second scenario is a long shot but it sees Djokovic winning in 5 sets. If Nadal does claim at least 2 sets I will be flabbergasted. Nadal brutal mental attitude will push his opponent all the way and even deep into a fifth set where Nadal would back himself against anyone except Djokovic. Sportingbet offer a great price for a Djokovic win 3-2, priced at 19/2 while Sky Bet offer the best price at 3/1 for a total of 5 sets to be played.
Nadal to win in straight sets seems to be the bookies Favourite, priced by many at a minimal 6/4 while Djokovic to win 3-0 can be found at an incredible 14/1 by Ladbrokes.
Overall, this match should be another epic. With Nadal’s form and determination combatted against Djokovic’s constant improvement and desire to break world records, I expect to see heavyweight go blow for blow in front of the Parisian crowd. Pick your bets, make an prediction and sit back and take advantage of what could potentially be one of the best tennis matches ever.