Rafa Nadal, 33, has amassed 11 French Open titles compared to Federer’s one and has a 13-2 record against this Swiss maestro on the clay surface. Nadal has also won all of their previous five meetings at Roland Garros, including the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011 finals.
Nadal v Federer Head To Head
Rafael Nadal also leads the overall head-to-head record 23-15 although, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the 37 year-old Roger Federer has won their last five meetings.
Roger Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, has already exceeded expectations in what is his first appearance at the French Open in four years, having missed the 2016 event with a back injury and skipped the past two clay-court seasons to preserve his body.
This is the first time Federer has reached a Grand Slam semi-final since winning the Australian Open in 2018.
Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer Betting Pick
It may also be worth noting that Nadal breezed through his quarter-final against Kei Nishikori 6-1 6-1 6-3, while Federer required three hours and 35 minutes on Court to see off fellow Swiss veteran Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.
It’s never particularly wise going against Nadal in any tennis betting predictions when it comes to the French Open tournament and the Spaniard is a red hot favourite for this match at -706 with Sports Interaction.
Those who envisage Federer pulling off a shock victory can back him at odds of +575 with 888Sport.
The value French Open betting tip here could be in the Set Betting market though, with the line on Nadal to win 3-0 in sets set at -114 with 888Sport.
French Open 2019 Pick: Set Betting – Rafael Nadal to win 3-0 @ -114 (888Sport)
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The two legends will face off for the first time in Paris since 2011 after Federer defeats Stan Wawrinka 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.
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