Rafael Nadal – Juan Martin del Potro

Rafael Nadal vs Juan Martin del Potro Betting Tips and Predictions as two of the sports top stars meet in a blockbuster showdown in Paris on Friday, as ten-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal takes on former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro for a place in Sunday’s showpiece final. Rafael Nadal has been the defending champion this year, following his straight-sets victory over Stan Wawrinka in last year’s final, and he’ll be hoping to end the week as an eleven-time champion here at Roland Garros. Juan Martin del Potro, meanwhile, only reached the third round here last year, but he’s found himself back in the semi-finals here for the first time since 2009. While Nadal is a ten-time champion of this event, del Potro hasn’t even made ten appearances at this tournament due to a run that saw him miss this event for four successive years between 2013 and 2016, due to various different injuries. Will del Potro become only the third man to beat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, or will the Spaniard continue his march to an eleventh French Open title?

World number one Rafael Nadal is once again the favourite to reach the final here in Paris, and you can’t really envisage any other result. The Spaniard has been in dominant form throughout the clay court season, losing just one match, and claiming the titles in Monte-Carlo, Barcelona and Rome. The Spaniard has dominated this event since his debut triumph here in 2005, and he comes into this semi-final with an 84-2 record at this tournament. Nadal has been in solid form throughout the tournament so far, dropping just one set en route to this semi-final. This came in the quarter-finals, where the dangerous Diego Schwartzman took the opening set off Nadal, but a rain delay and a regroup allowed Nadal to wrestle back control of the match and reach yet another Roland Garros semi-final. Nadal looks like a man on a mission this week, will he reach an eleventh final here?

Juan Martin del Potro came into this tournament with question marks surrounding his fitness, but his tennis over the last fortnight has done the talking and he now finds himself in another grand slam semi-final. The Argentine didn’t play much clay court tennis in the build-up to this tournament, with him only reaching the last-16 stage in Madrid and Rome. However, del Potro has been in great form throughout this tournament, and he dropped just the one set on his way to the quarter-finals, against Nicolas Mahut in the opening round. Del Potro followed that win up with three successive straight-set wins over Julien Benneteau, Albert Ramos-Vinolas and American John Isner. The 2009 US Open champion then saw off Marin Cilic in four-sets to book his place in Friday’s semi-final. Can the Argentine continue his run by seeing off the best clay court player of all time?

Rafael Nadal is one of the greatest tennis players of all-time, and so it should come as no surprise to know he currently holds a 23-3 record in grand slam semi-finals. The Spaniard has won his last 15 grand slam semi-finals, and he also holds an impressive 100% win record in his ten French Open semi-finals to date. Juan Martin del Potro, on the other hand, has only appeared in four previous grand slam semi-finals and he currently possesses a disappointing 1-3 record in them. Del Potro’s only semi-final win was during his run to the US Open title in 2009, while he’s 0-1 in semi-finals at this tournament. These two have met in two previous grand slam semi-finals, with both winning one apiece. Nadal won their most recent as last year’s US Open, while del Potro was the victor in the before mentioned 2009 US Open semi-final. Will Nadal maintain his 100% record in French Open semi-finals?

These two have had some great matches over the years, and Nadal currently leads their rivalry 9-5. The Spaniard won their most recent meeting at last year’s US Open and he’s won both of their previous clay court matches. Del Potro, meanwhile, has won two of their last three matches, with his most recent win over the Spaniard coming at the 2016 Olympics.  It’s del Potro who currently leads their semi-final head-to-head record, with three wins to Nadal’s two, while Nadal was the winner in their only previous meeting at this tournament. This came in the first round of the 2007 French Open, with Nadal running out the comfortable victor in straight-sets. Will we see another epic between these two, or will someone take a firm grasp on the match and cruise into Sunday’s final?

 

Rafael Nadal 3-1

Set Betting

I can’t bet against Nadal on clay, especially at Roland Garros, and I see him moving one step closer to an eleventh French Open crown. The Spaniard is a level above anyone on this surface and it seems that the most anyone can hope for is to take set off him. Nadal boasts an incredible 84-2 record at this event, with del Potro being one of his previous victories, and I can only see him extending that record here. Nadal has a decent record against del Potro and he’s never lost to the Argentine on this surface, something that is sure to give him an added boost heading into the match. The question is whether or not del Potro will take a set off Nadal, and based on him doing so in their last six matches, I think he does. Nadal to win in four-sets, 3-1 to the defending champion.

Rafael Nadal 6-4

1st Set Game Score

I can see the first set being tight and nervy, with neither player looking to give an inch. I think one break of serve will be all it takes to win the opening set and I see that going in Nadal’s favour. I see the Spaniard taking the opening set by a 6-4 score line, as he gets off to the perfect start.

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