The Djokovic v Nadal rivalry continues meeting for the 58th time across their career, but Nadal has Novak’s measure on the clay and should reach another French Open Final.
Here are The Wolf’s French Open tips for the Men’s Semi Finals.
The King of Clay continues to go about his business and will now meet Novak Djokovic for the 58th time across their career – a win for Nadal will square the ledger at 29 apiece.
Novak Djokovic hasn’t been at his best the last couple of matches, with Musetti nearly pinching their Round of 16 match up two sets to love, while Berrettini took the world number one to four sets. It certainly doesn’t get any easier against Nadal on the clay.
Nadal has won their last five matches on the clay which includes a three-set win in the Final of Rome and smashing the Serbian in straight sets in last year’s French Open Final. From those five matches, Djokovic has only managed to win two sets with his last victory on the clay against Nadal over five years ago.
Although the Spaniard dropped a set to Diego Schwartzman in the Quarters, this was somewhat expected – the Argentinian is one of the tour’s elite clay players and has been one of the few players to trouble Nadal on the red dirt in recent times.
Djokovic may pinch a set but nothing more than that. Nadal to get it done in either three or four sets.
Stefanos Tsitsipas has had a phenomenal clay court season and The Wolf expects it to continue against Alexander Zverev but it won’t be easy.
The German has also been incredible on the clay winning in Madrid and losing to Nadal in the Quarters in Rome in the lead-up, and at Roland Garros he’s been surprisingly consistent winning his last 15 sets – but he’s also yet to face a seed this tournament.
Tsitsipas has done the work on the other hand – John Isner is never an easy opponent, Pablo Carreno Busta is super-consistent while Daniill Medvedev is ranked number 2 in the world for a reason. Even his first two opponents at Roland Garros were tricky, but he’s only dropped the one set so far and is primed for his first French Open Final.
The Greek has a 5-2 career record over Zverev, with their only clay court encounter in Madrid in 2019 which Tsitsipas won in three sets.
Although The Wolf believes Tsitsipas will be too good, the $1.35 head to head does appear too short against someone with Zverev’s ability. Expect this one to go to either four or five sets.