Rafael Nadal Vs. Novak Djokovic Rogers Cup 8/10/13
1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) Vs. 4 Rafael Nadal (ESP)
ATP Tour Rogers Cup Semifinal August 10, 2013 8:10 PM EST
Novak Djokovic -240/Rafael Nadal -200, Djokovic/Nadal -3/+3 (-125/+109), Over/Under 22.5 (-110/-106) See the Latest Odds
The ATP Tour Rogers Cup Tennis Tournament in Montreal didn't go as planned on one side of the draw, with Canadians (11) Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil crashing the semifinals. The other semi was all chalk with Serb (1) Novak Djokovic and Spaniard (4) Rafael Nadal advancing through.
Djokovic cruised past Frenchman (7) Richard Gasquet 6-1 6-2, playing some of his best tennis all week, while Nadal sent home Australian Marinko Matosevic 6-2 6-4. Novak previously thumped German Florian Mayer 6-2 6-1 and survived Uzbheki Denis Istomin 2-6 6-4 6-4.
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As the scoreline would indicate with Istomin, the Serb was lucky to move on. Rafa, in comparison, had an easier time, knocking out Canadian Jesse Levine 6-2 6-0 and ousting Pole (15) Jerzy Janowicz 7-6, 6-4. The Spaniard is an absurd 44-3 (was 42-6 in 2012) losing twice in finals aside from the Wimbledon debacle.
Pacing himself much more since the All-England Club, Nadal even pulled out of doubles in Montreal to reserve more energy towards singles. Rafael will need it when facing Djokovic who is a 40-6 on the year. In 2011 Novak was 70-6.
The Serb has played a little bit less after a 75-12 2012. Strangely, the Nadal/Djokovic head-to-head has been full of clay-court battles, with Nadal taking four of the last five since the Australian Open. A classic at Melbourne Park went Novak's direction 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7(5) 7-5.
In fact, Saturday's clash will mark the 12th time the Serb and Rafa have duked it out in the semifinals. The Spaniard leads the semifinal battles head-to-head 6-5 and the overall head-to-head 20-15. However, Djokovic is ahead 11-4 on hard court and 2-1 indoors, although Nadal has won four of the last five, Novak had taken seven consecutive matches prior. I like the Serb in possibly three sets to eliminate a game-weary Nadal.