Rafa Nadal faces Matteo Berrettini in a box office Semi-Final clash at the 2022 Australian Open on Friday, and we’ve…
Rafa Nadal faces Matteo Berrettini in a box office Semi-Final clash at the 2022 Australian Open on Friday, and we’ve picked out our best betting tips on the tie.
Number six and seven seed collide in an unmissable opening Semi-Final in the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne from approximately 3.30am GMT.
Matteo Berrettini v Rafa Nadal – Prediction
Nadal is now just two matches away from a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title as he bids to overtake rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer at the top of the all-time list.
Competing in his first tournament since cutting his season short last August, Nadal has perhaps exceeded expectations by storming into yet another major Semi-Final.
The Spaniard has had a relatively straightforward route to the Semi-Finals, with the exception of his Quarter-Final clash with Denis Shapovalov, where he squandered a two-set lead before eventually prevailing in five sets.
Berrettini, meanwhile, had a sloppy start to the year but has returned to form in typical fashion in the season’s first Grand Slam.
He has been put to test twice in five rounds so far, contesting five-set thrillers against Carlos Alcaraz in the Third Round and most recently against Gael Monfils in the Quarter-Finals.
Berrettini has become the first Italian man to reach the Semi-Finals of the Australian Open but has lost all three previous Semis against top 10 players.
Nadal has won four of his last six major Semi-Finals, as well as his only previous meeting with Berrettini in the Semi-Finals of the 2019 US Open, and we expect him to come out on top here in either four or five sets.
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Matteo Berrettini road to the Semi-Finals
First Round: 4-6, 6-2, 7-6, 6-3 v B Nakashima
Second Round: 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 v S Kozlov
Third Round: 6-2, 7-6, 4-6, 2-6, 7-6 v C Alcaraz
Last 16: 7-5, 7-6, 6-4 v P Carreno Busta
Quarter-Finals: 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6, 6-2 v G Monfils
Rafael Nadal road to the Semi-Finals
First Round: 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 v M Giron
Second Round: 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 v Y Hanfmann
Third Round: 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 v K Khachanov
Last 16: 7-6, 6-2, 6-2 v A Mannarino
Quarter-Finals: 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 v D Shapovalov