Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic French Open Tennis Picks and Predictions 6/11/21
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Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal
Friday June 11, 2021
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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal meet in the semifinals of the 2021 tennis French Open.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a four sets win over Matteo Berrettini that took 42 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 77 percent of his first serve points and 65 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic won 73 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his nine break points. Djokovic got 70 percent of his first serves in play, but he was broken five times. Djokovic has been a little shaky in his last two matches and he’ll have to be sharper to win here. Djokovic looks to make a grand slam final for the eighth time in his last 11 tries. Djokovic hopes to make his sixth career French Open final appearance. Djokovic has won nine straight matches on clay court.
Rafael Nadal is coming off a four sets win over Diego Sebastian Schwartzman that took 35 games to decide. In the victory, Nadal won 73 percent of his first serve points and 68 percent of his second serve points. Nadal won 71 percent of his total service points and converted on seven of his 14 break points. Nadal hit 35 winners in the victory and won the last nine games. Nadal has dropped just one set this entire tournament. Nadal hopes to make his fifth straight French Open final and the 14th of his career. Nadal has never lost in a French Open semifinal. Nadal has won 10 straight matches on clay court.
These two have played 57 times and Djokovic has won 29 of those matches. Nadal beat Djokovic in the last match in this years Italian Open and he’s won five of the last eight matches. Nadal is also 7-1 against Djokovic in the French Open and 19-7 against him on clay court. Nadal is also 10-6 against Djokovic in grand slam matches overall.
You can never count out Djokovic for obvious reasons and you rarely get him in the cheap price or the underdog role. However, Nadal owns the French Open as everybody knows and he’s had the upper hand over Djokovic in recent meetings overall. Nadal also has beaten up on Djokovic in this tournament. You simply don’t bet against Nadal in the French Open. You don’t do it.
Nadal makes the final of Roland Garros yet again.