Apart from 2019 AO (which doesn't count, because Rafa had ankle surgery at the end of 2018 and said he couldn't train fully for the AO), when did they last meet on hardcourt?Djoko 1.44 Nadal 2.81
Anybody not surprised it's not more lopsided? I'm not a betting man but surely this is easy money Djokovic? He's won the last 17 sets on HC against Nadal. I think Nadal only won 5 games in one of them...
"....because of the things that happened to me in terms of surgery, then what happened in Abu Dhabi, I was not able to work that much the defensive game. I worked a lot on the offensive game, but not that much on the defensive game.A little bit, yes, especially given Nadal's form so far. I would've expected something like a 4 on Nadal.
The only way to defend this is to say that most of Djokovic's wins since 2013 came when Nadal was in very bad form (2015 to 2016). Much harder to explain away the AO 19 final, though.
That changes everything people as Nadalalot told us so back then.
For that IMO Nadal is runaway 1.01 favorite for this match irrespective of the consecutive sets drubbings he's received to Djokovic on this surface.
Wouldn't be the worst of ideas, to be honest. Of course, not going to happen, as RAFA will never be withdrawn. But a suddenly appearing injury is always an option.Spain's team captain can withdraw RAFA from singles, then #27 PCB will play #34 Lajovic and #10 RBA will play #2 Novak
But Rafa ended the points very quickly in those first 6 matches at the AO, and everyone was commenting on how he was taking risks and hitting flatter.It's aIways one excuse after another for the most famous MaIIorcan. Last year it was "unabIe to practice yada yada" yet doesn't drop a set up to the AO finaI. Now it's “traveI time yada yada” when these guys traveI first cIass & easiIy abIe to snooze w/ hired hands to do everything for them.