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Rafa too good for Rog, while Jo can continue run

Rafa too good for Rog, while Jo can continue run

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The French Open semi-finals will, weather-permitting, take place on Friday and the star attraction has to be the meeting between old rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Nadal to win 3-1 @ 9/4

Roland Garros is a fitting venue for their 39th clash and their last four tie will mark the sixth time they have met on the Parisian clay.

Both have scythed their way through the tournament, with the set Federer dropped against Stan Wawrinka in the last eight the only blemish for either player.

Nadal has always seemingly had his number on clay though, winning all five matches in Paris, with the Swiss only triumphing in two of their 15 meetings on the dirt.

It is for a reason the Spaniard is known as the ‘King of Clay’ and he is aiming for his 12th French Open crown, and an 18th Grand Slam overall to leave him two titles behind Federer.

While the 37-year-old may take a set off his rival, it is tough to see him gaining anymore.

Djokovic v Thiem – Over 39.5 games @ 20/21

In the other men’s semi-final, it is likely to be a real grind when Novak Djokovic takes on Dominic Thiem.

Both will be fresh after routine straight sets wins in the quarters and it was the Austrian who won their last meeting in Paris, while he was also a finalist 12 months ago.

Without Nadal, Thiem would arguably be the best clay court player in the world but he comes up against a resurgent Djokovic who won 7-6 7-6 when they recently met in Madrid.

Expect more of the same so punters may opt for something a little more unique and game numbers could be where to look.

Without sounding negative, expect a gruelling match for both the players and fans on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

Konta to win 2-0 @ 17/10

Friday will hopefully also see the women’s semi-finals take place and Britain’s Johanna Konta will hope to reach her maiden Grand Slam final by beating Marketa Vondrousova.

Konta is the 5/7 favourite and after reaching the final in Rome, has continued her form in Paris, winning a match at the second Grand Slam of the season for the first time in her career and making the last four courtesy of a win over Sloane Stephens.

Vondrousova was recently a finalist in Istanbul and at 19 has a great career ahead of her.

However, after two previous semi-finals in the majors, Konta’s strong play from the back of the court and improvement at the net suggests her game is trending well enough to become only the second British female to win in Paris in the Open era.

Barty to win 2-1 @ 9/4

The other semi-final sees Ashleigh Barty take on another teenage sensation, Amanda Anisimova. The American beat defending champion Simona Halep in the quarters and is yet to drop a set.

Barty made her Grand Slam breakthrough earlier this year at her home tournament, the Australian Open, reaching the quarter-finals.

The Queenslander lost in the final of the doubles at Roland Garros in 2017, while she was also a pairs winner alongside CoCo Vandeweghe at last year’s US Open.

Her form this year has seen her reach the top 10 and her ability to smash opponents off the court suggests a maiden major final in the singles is the natural next step in her career.

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