Rafael Nadal will take on Grigor Dimitrov in the second semi-final of the Australian Open 2017 at the Rod Laver Arena in Melboune on Friday morning (UK Time). Who will join Roger Federer in the tournament final? This article contains our Nadal v Dimitrov betting preview, with expert predictions, betting tips, highest odds, bookie promotions and no deposit free bets on the Australian Open 2017.
RAFAEL NADAL v GRIGOR DIMITROV BETTING PREVIEWRafael Nadal arrives at this semi-final after a comfortable 6-4 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 victory against third seed Milos Raonic in the quarter finals. The 30-year-old was pushed all the way by talented teenager Alexander Zverev, whose legs eventually gave way, in the third round, before taking out world No. 6 Gael Monfils convincingly. He is without a title on a hard court since Doha in 2014 after several uncertain injury-hit years but his movement on court looked as explosive as at his peak. Furthermore, his service looked the most lethal - Nadal has only been broken six times in the previous four rounds.
Grigor Dimitrov has been in excellent form in Melbourne and is now one win away from a first Grand Slam final after easing past Goffin 6-3 6-2 6-4. No one has yet to take him down this year. Heis 10-0 thus far and has dropped just two sets in Australian Open so far. Dimitrov also beat Richard Gasquet in the third round before to see off the challenge of Novak Djokovic’s conqueror Denis Istomin in the fourth round. The 25-year-old Bulgarian has now won his last six sets and at least 75 percent of his first serve points in the last three matches.
Nadal has won seven of the eight direct matches against the Bulgarian so far. This includes their meeting at the quarterfinals of the 2014 Australian Open. That was a very tight match which he lost 3-6 7-6(3) 7-6(7) 6-2. Anyway, Dimitrov won their most recent meeting in Beijing (in straight sets), which was on a hard court.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN - NADAL v DIMITROV BEST ODDS
|RAFAEL NADAL||1.41 with||Bet £10, win £14.10|
|GRIGOR DIMITROV||3.20 with||Bet £10, win £32.00|
AUSTRALIAN OPEN - NADAL v DIMITROV PREDICTIONS
|OUR PICKS||BEST ODDS||BOOKMAKER|
|Winner: Rafael Nadal||1.41|
|Set Betting: Rafael Nadal 3-1||4.00|
|Most double faults: Grigor Dimitrov||1.67|
|First service break: Rafael Nadal||1.67|
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