Tip Rafael Nadal - Roger Federer
Not since the 2008 final have these two met at Wimbledon. Roger Federer has a 2-1 lead over Rafael Nadal in matches played on grass but is 24-15 down on all surfaces. Their last meeting was in the French Open semi-final this year when Nadal ran out an easy winner on his beloved clay. That ended a run of six wins in a row for Federer and was the first time Nadal had beaten Federer since 2014. Federer has made steady progress in this tournament dropping only two sets, both the first ones. He is bidding to win his ninth Wimbledon title but with Nadal and most likely Djokovic to beat to achieve that, it's a tough ask.
Rafael Nadal is the third seed for this tournament after Wimbledon bosses decided to seed Federer higher than him. You sense he'd love to prove them wrong by winning this match. His form at this tournament isn't of his usual standards. He last reached the final in 2011 and had to wait until last year to again reach the last four. He has only dropped one set on his way to this semi-final and has already reached the final of the Australian Open and won the French Open (no change there). This is sure to be a great match and could well be the last time they face each other at Wimbledon. Federer usually has the edge on grass and he can win this to reach his 12th Wimbledon final.
Key points Rafael Nadal - Roger Federer
Roger Federer has won two of his three meetings on grass against Rafael Nadal.
Roger Federer has won six of his last seven matches against Rafael Nadal.
Rafael Nadal has only beaten Roger Federer once since 2014 and that was on clay.
Conclusion Rafael Nadal - Roger Federer
Federer v Nadal has been one of the all-time great rivalries in tennis. This is their first meeting at Wimbledon since 2008, more to do wiith Nadal's inconsistent performances here in that time. Federer leads his rival 2-1 on grass and has won six of their last seven meetings. Both have made steady progress in this tournament and the tip is for Federer to get the win in this match.
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Rafael Nadal Roger Federer Prediction published on July 11, 2019