Friday, 8 June 2012

French Open Final Nadal v Djokovic: Preview and Predictions

Where the womens draw has bseen a host of shock results, the mens has been very predictable with the final that most predicted.  Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic both produced convincing straight set wins in the semi-finals to set up their fourth consecutive Grand Slam final against one another.  Nadal completely swept past David Ferrer, 6-2 6-2 6-1, meanwhile Djokovic was the less error prone in a 6-4 7-5 6-3 victory over Roger Federer.  The conditions did not favour great tennis today, but both semi-finals were underwhelming and here's hoping that the final will deliver in quality and excitement.

Highlights from Djokovic's epic win over Tsonga in the Quarter-Finals

Last year, Novak Djokovic owned Rafael Nadal in their match-ups winning all six encounters.  This year, things have started to change for the Spaniard.  Djokovic started the year with a win in that epic Australian Open final, but there were definite signs that Nadal was edging closer.  The clay court season has seen Nadal reach the top of his game, which has included two convincing wins over Djokovic in Monte-Carlo and Rome.  I still feel though he has something to prove on Sunday.  In Monte-Carlo, Djokovic was emotionally exhausted following the loss of his grandfather and in Rome, the match did not have the normal buzz that a clash between these two have as the match was delayed by a day due to rain.

Highlights from the last match between Djokovic/Nadal in Rome

Nadal will go into the final as the favourite having demolished the competition this week.  He has had his serve broken just once this tournament and that was in his first round match with Potito Starace.  Djokovic has struggled to hit top form, but to reach his first final in Paris has required an astounding level of mental toughness from the Serb.  He came back from two sets down to beat Andreas Seppi in the 4th round and then saved match points in his quarter-final match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.  Their last Grand Slam final was of truly epic proportions although I felt it was overrated in terms of its quality.  On the clay, this match has the potential to be another long one but I believe Nadal will be victorious and claim a sensational seventh Roland Garros title.

Rafael Nadal

Final Prediction - Nadal to beat Djokovic in 4 sets

Thoughts? Your Predictions?

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