Rafael Nadal – -138.89 at Bovada
Roger Federer – +105
Two of the sport’s all-time greats will meet once again on Friday to play for a place in the men’s singles final at Wimbledon 2019.
Rafael Nadal has hardly missed a beat in his first tournament since winning the French Open, with Nick Kyrgios the only player to take a set off the Spaniard thus far.
The two-time Wimbledon champion responded to that second-round test with dominant wins over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6-2 6-3 6-2), Joao Sousa (6-2 6-2 6-2) and Sam Querrey (7-5 6-2 6-2).
Roger Federer started slowly, dropping the opening set to Lloyd Harris in the first round, before finding some touch with comfortable wins over Jay Clarke (6-1 7-6 6-2) and Lucas Pouille (7-5 6-2 7-6).
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Kei Nishikori also took the first set off the Swiss, but the 18-time grand slam winner hit back to win 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-4 and reach his 13th Wimbledon semi-final.
Nadal and Federer faced off at this stage of the French Open last month, when Rafa won in straight sets en route to his 12th title.
But these two have not met at Wimbledon since the 2008 final, where Nadal edged it 9-7 in the fifth set of what many now call the greatest tennis match of all time.
Will we see another classic at the All England Club on Friday?
Nadal vs Federer Wimbledon 2019 betting tips
Roger Federer for most aces – -250 at Bovada
This is one area where Roger has always had an advantage over his old rival. If he hits the right areas on the well-trod lawns of centre court, Federer should win plenty of free points on his first serve.
Over 41.5 total games – -119.05 at Bovada
If we exclude the French Open, where Nadal is boss, these two have a tendency to slog it out when they meet in the majors. The shortest of their three clashes at Wimbledon was a four-set, 41-game affair back in 2006, so the smart money is on overs.
Five sets played – +250 at Bovada
Why not? It’s what everybody wants to see. Federer and Nadal have gone to five sets in two of their three meetings at the All England Club, so there is enough form there to suggest we might see another epic.
Roger Federer to win/both players to win a set – +210 at Bovada
Nadal’s win at Roland Garros last month ended a run of six consecutive victories for Federer dating back to 2015. Rafa is without doubt the greatest player of Roger, but the Swiss superstar is the best-ever at Wimbledon and might be the sharper player after his tussle with Nishikori.
Rafael Nadal Wimbledon 2019 results
QF: 7-5 6-2 6-2 vs Sam Querrey
R4: 6-2 6-2 6-2 vs Joao Sousa
R3: 6-2 6-3 6-2 vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
R2: 6-3 3-6 7-6 7-6 vs Nick Kyrgios
R1: 6-3 6-1 6-3 vs Yuichi Sugita
Roger Federer Wimbledon 2019 results
QF: 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-4 vs Kei Nishikori
R4: 6-1 6-2 6-2 vs Matteo Berrettini
R3: 7-5 6-2 7-6 vs Lucas Pouille
R2: 6-1 7-6 6-2 vs Jay Clarke
R1: 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-2 vs Lloyd Harris
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