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Hard-court record favours Djokovic

Hard-court record favours Djokovic


Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal meet in the final of the Australian Open, with the two great rivals having faced each other no fewer than 52 times in the past.

The head-to-head record stands at 27-25 in favour of Djokovic, with their only previous clash in Melbourne an epic 2012 final encounter, which lasted seven minutes short of six hours before the Serb prevailed 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 7-5.

Djokovic to win @ 10/13

The history of their meetings on hard courts strongly suggests Djokovic should be able to claim a record seventh Australian title, with the Serb winning the last seven meetings of the two players on the surface.

The last time Nadal prevailed was in the final of the US Open in 2013, which is one of seven previous meetings in a Grand Slam final – four of which have gone in favour of the Spanish powerhouse.

Djokovic to win 3-2 in sets @ 4/1

A gruelling battle would seem to be an absolute certainty, with their most recent clash finishing 10-8 to Djokovic in the final set of their Wimbledon semi-final last summer.

With that in mind, Djokovic is the favoured option to edge a five-setter, with Nadal 19/4 to do likewise.

Given the competitive nature of the rallies expected between the two greats of the game, a tie-break in the match would seem to be nailed-on, and at 20/67 at least one is clearly expected.

Should you be brave, no tie-break at 11/5 would offer a decent reward.

Djokovic to win third set @ 5/6

With a tense tussle the prediction of almost every pundit, the third set of the match could well take on pivotal importance.

Again Djokovic is the market favourite but, with Nadal at 20/21, there is very little to choose between the two legends of the game.

Recalling their Wimbledon 2018 showdown once again, the third set was won 9-7 in a tie-break by Djokovic, earning him a 2-1 lead he was eventually able to cash in on.

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Adrian Mills Adrian has enjoyed a journalistic career spanning over three decades, with cricket his specialised topic. He also has a wealth of knowledge on football, golf and tennis and has the stats to back up his betting advice.