Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will go head to head in their 2015 French Open quarter-final at the Roland Garros on Tuesday and you can find all the Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal betting tips below with the match beginning from 4 pm local time (2 pm GMT).
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Latest updates from the Djokovic-Nadal encounter:
1st set: Djokovic was leading 4-0 at one stage but Nadal did well to claw back to make it 4-4 before Djokovic went 6-5 up on his own serve. Nadal failed to hold the final serve to allow Djokovic to take the first set 7-5 after a well-fought battle.
2nd set: The Serbian world number one has taken a two sets to nothing lead over Nadal after needing just one break to get past him. Djokovic required five match-points in the ninth game of the set to close it out, which means he has a two sets to nothing lead and apart from a huge comeback from Nadal, the world number one looks like he should close this out.
3rd set: Wow! That’s an impressive win for Djokovic, completing it in straight sets, winning the third 6-1. That is one of the most convincing wins against Nadal, especially on clay. No 10th title for Nadal, Djokovic is now a favourite to win his first at Roland Garros.
It’s almost unfair that Djokovic and Nadal are playing each other this early in the tournament – the last time they faced each other in a quarter-final of a Grand Slam tournament was in their first ever meeting in 2006. It was at the French Open too and Nadal was up by two sets when his opponent retired from the encounter.
Both players have come a long way since then. Nadal has won a total of nine French Open titles, out of a total of 14 Grand Slam titles in his career. Djokovic, on the other hand, has clinched the Australian Open on five occasions, and three other Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open but never the French Open. He was the finalist twice, including once last year but lost both times to, who else but Nadal.
The main reason why they are meeting this early is because of Nadal’s surprising plummet to world number six following a poor 2015 season. On clay itself, where his record over the last two seasons was 63-5 on win-loss, he is 20-5 this year. And on hard court surfaces, Nadal is 8-4, which included a quarter-final defeat at the Australian Open.
On the other hand, Djokovic has been in the form of his life, even on clay, a surface he traditionally likes less than the others. Since winning the Australian Open earlier this year, he’s lost just one match and that came in the final at Dubai to Roger Federer. He went on to clinch the Indian Wells Masters, Miami Masters, Monte Carlo Masters, and the Rome Masters titles after that to enter the tournament as a huge favourite to win his first title at Roland Garros.
Even last year, they had played each other twice on clay with both winning a match apiece. It started with Djokovic trumping Nadal in the final of the Rome Masters before Nadal carved out a four-set win in the French Open. Will history repeat itself here? Only time will tell.
Two of the greatest players of all times, Djokovic and Nadal have played each other 43 times with the Spaniard marginally ahead on head to head, having won 23 of those matches.
Over the last six matches though, Djokovic has a 5-1 lead, including one win on clay at the Monte-Carlo Masters earlier this year. It was the semi-final there and Djokovic ran off to a 6-3, 6-3 victory en route winning the title.
Nothing separates the two players in this competition though.
Djokovic has been a straight-set winner over Jarkko Nieminen, Gilles Muller, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Richard Gasquet so far while Nadal brushed Quentin Halys, Nicolas Almagro and Andrey Kuznetsov before Jack Sock managed to take a set off him.
There have been pointers to look at, namely, a groin problem that Djokovic suffered in round two and how Nadal has slowly and steadily become even more clinical as the tournament has progressed.
While it’s a tough call to make on who will go on to win this Djokovic v Nadal quarter-final at Roland Garros, here’re some of our tips:
We think Djokovic starts favourite but is too short at 2/5 to beat a nine-time champion in Nadal. Avoid entering the market at these odds.
Five sets in the match: 12/5
One or more tie-breakers in the match