Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal will collide in a mouthwatering Australian Open final at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Sunday January 29. This article contains our Federer v Nadal betting preview, with expert predictions, betting tips, best odds, bookmakers offers and no deposit free bets on the 2017 Australian Open Final.
ROGER FEDERER v RAFAEL NADAL BETTING PREVIEWRoger Federer has endured a tough run to the final as he defeated top-10 players Tomas Berdych, Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka on his way to the final, with the latter two both going to the fifth set. He also knocked out the likes of Jurgen Melzer, Noah Rubin and Mischa Zverev on his way to the final.
The Swiss Maestro usually has a lot of problems with left-handed players like Nadal. We all remember how Federer suffered embarrassing defeats when a very heavy favourite against left-handers Albert Ramos and Federico Delbonis in recent years. To change this trend, the Swiss will obviously need to serve well, do some SABR rattling on his return, and otherwise pressure Rafa on the baseline..
ROGER FEDERER'S ROUTE TO THE FINAL
- 1st Round: Jurgen Melzer 7-5 3-6 6-2 6-2
- 2nd Round: Noah Rubin 7-5 6-3 7-6 (7/3)
- 3rd Round: Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-4 6-4
- 4th Round: Kei Nishikori 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 6-1 4-6 6-3
- Quarter-Finals: Mischa Zverev 6-1 7-5 6-2
- Semi-Finals: Stan Wawrinka 7-5 6-3 1-6 4-6 6-3
Rafael Nadal has also seen two of his matches go to the distance, his third-round tie with Alexander Zverev and almost five-hour semi-final with Dimitrov. He also knocked out two other top-10 players on his way to the final - Gael Monfils in 4 sets and Milos Raonic in straight sets. In the first two round Nadal knocked out Florian Meyer and Marcos Baghdatis without concede a set.
The Spaniard may have a day less to recover and was on court for almost five hours against Dimitrov but his fitness has been unquestionable so far. Furthermore, his lefty topspin and sidespin into Federer’s one-handed backhand has been tough for the Swiss to counter, on any court.
RAFAEL NADAL'S ROUTE TO THE FINAL
- 1st Round: Florian Meyer 6-3 6-4 6-4
- 2nd Round: Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 6-1 6-3
- 3rd Round: Alexander Zverev 4-6 6-3 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 6-2
- 4th Round: Gael Monfils 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-4
- Quarter-Finals: Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6 (9/7) 6-4
- Semi-Finals: Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (4/7) 6-4
FEDERER v NADAL HEAD TO HEAD
Rafael Nadal dominates the head-to-head record: 23-11 overall, 9-7 on hardcourts, 9-2 in Grand Slams, 3-0 in the Australian Open and 14-7 in finals. Anyway, Roger Federer has won their last meeting in Basel in 2015, although that was indoors and ended a five-match losing run at the hands of the Spaniard.
It may be the last time these two greats of tennis meet on such a stage and it will be also a repeat of the epic 2008 Wimbledon match in which Nadal finally got the upper hand over the Swiss maestro at the third attempt in by taking the deciding set 9-7, one of the greatest match in tennis history.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN - FEDERER v NADAL BEST ODDS
|ROGER FEDERER||2.10 with||Bet £10, win £21.00|
|RAFAEL NADAL||1.80 with||Bet £10, win £18.00|
AUSTRALIAN OPEN - FEDERER v NADAL PREDICTIONS
|OUR PICKS||BEST ODDS||BOOKMAKER|
|Winner: Rafael Nadal||1.80|
|Total sets: Over 3.5 sets||1.44|
|Set Betting: Rafael Nadal 3-2||6.00|
|Most Double Faults: Roger Federer||1.83|
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