The defending champion Novak Djokovic yet again looks like he’s on an unbeatable run. After missing majority of the first quarter of the year, the Serb started off the clay season in a rusty manner. After early exits form few tournaments, the World No.1 finally registered his comeback by securing the title at Rome last week after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.
Since then, Djokovic has been timing his form perfectly in Roland Garros as he is moving closer to his 21st grand slam title. He has not dropped a set up until this point in the tournament and is looking unbeatable. He reached the fourth round after defeating Yoshihito Nishioka, Alex Molcan and Aljaz Bedene. He faced Diego Schwartzman in the fourth round of the tournament and he went on a Rampage as he totally walked over the Argentine. It has been a comfortable tournament so far, but it might not be the same this time.
Rafael Nadal is on a quest to conquer his 14th French Open Title and 22nd Grand Slam title in Paris this year. Even though there were uncertainties regarding his fitness prior to the tournament, he seems to be performing very well in the tournament so far. As he himself said, he is a player living with an injury and he just has to play with it.
The spaniard faced absolutely no trouble in the first three rounds of the tournament, as he defeated Jordan Thompson, Corentin Moutet and Botic Vande Zandschulp. He then came face to face against Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime. Facing his Uncle Toni Nadal’s coaching, the Spaniard had to play five sets to finally get through with the match. He is now to face the in man on mission Novak Djokovic who is seeking to level terms with Nadal on the Gran slam titles. Will he be able to stop the Serb in his conquest? Will find out on Tuesday.
Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal Match Details
- Tournament: French Open (Roland Garos)
- Date: 31 May 2022
- Venue: Not Decided
- Surface: Clay
- Round: Quarterfinal
- Category: Men’s Singles
- Prize Money: €34,367,215
Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal Head-to-Head Records to date
The veterans Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have faced each other 58 times in their long tennis careers. Djokovic leads the head to head with 30-28 matches. The last meeting between the two was in 2021 French Open Semifinal, where Djokovic won in four sets. The Serb dropped the first set and went on to win the next three sets in a row ending the match 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2.
Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal Prediction: Who will win this match?
This is undoubtedly the most awaited match of the tournament with the two all time greats meeting in the quarterfinal. Having played 58 matches against each other in the past, they know everything there is about the other’s game. Even though the match is pretty hyped up among fans, it is unfortunately true that Nadal is no more the player he once was. On the other hand, Djokovic still seems to play his best tennis. With Djokovic hunting for the 21st grand slam, the already 21 time grand slam champion will not make it easy for him. Expect a tough fight from the Spaniard, but Djokovic should Prevail this match up and move a round closer to his first grand slam title of the year.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic to win in four sets.
Betting Tips: Djokovic to win.
Novak Djokovic Last 3 performances
- French Open: Round of 16- beat Schwartzman 6-1, 6-3, 6-3
- French Open: Round of 32- beat Bedene 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
- French Open: Round of 64- beat Molcan 6-2, 6-3, 7-6
Rafael Nadal Last 3 performances
- French Open: Round of 16- beat Auger-Aliassime 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
- French Open: Round of 32- beat Vande Zandschulp 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
- French Open: Round of 64- beat Moutet 6-3, 6-1, 6-4
Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal Broadcast and Live Stream Details
- India: Sony Sports Network
- USA: Tennis Channel
- UK & Europe: Eurosport
- Australia: Nine Network
- Rest of World: Beinsports