Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal: Roland-Garros 2021 semi-final – live!

Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal: Roland-Garros 2021 semi-final – live!

And there you have it, the inevitable final, except it’s the semi-final. The five sets in the other semi means we start a little later than expected – bad news for Novak and Rafa if they wanted to slip into a Turkey v Italy spot at the Euros, but voila.

Novak runs the one-on-one meetings of this pair, but only – 29-28. It’s a different story on clay though, where Rafa, as you might expect, has a 19-7 advantage.

ATP media info

In numbers : @Rafael Nadal vs. @DjokerNole

Djokovic 29-28 au total
Djokovic 23-17 Best-of-3-Sets
Djokovic 15-13 finals
Djokovic 16-13 ATP Masters 1000
Tied 7-7 #ATPMasters1000 Finals
Still 19-7 Argile
Nadal 9-4 Finals on clay
Nadal 6-3 @InteBNLdItalia
Nadal 4-2 Rome Finale#IB21

May 16, 2021

Nadal is the favorite here, but as this article on the ATP site details, his opponent was better in pressure situations during this year’s tournament. Novak has saved 86% of the breaking points he’s faced, while Rafa’s rate is surprisingly low at 50%. It’s a similar story in converted breakpoints, where Novak has the 63% to 49.3% advantage. And then it’s been a pretty good week for Serbian sports superstars with Nikola Jokic taking home the NBA Most Valuable Player award. And if it feels like I’m holding on to straws looking for signs of an upheaval, it’s because I am.


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