And here we are – the inevitable final, except for the semi-finals. Five in the other semi-finals نصف It means we started a tad later as expected – bad news for Novak and Rafa if they want to get into somewhere between Turkey and Italy in the Eurozone, but here you go.
Novak leads this pair’s head-to-head meetings but only – 29-28 only. It’s a different story on the clay, with Rafa, as you’d expect, having an advantage of 19-7.
Nadal is the hot favorite here, but as this article on the ATP website shows, his opponent was better in pressure situations at this year’s tournament. Novak has saved 86% of the break points he faced, while Rafa’s average is surprisingly low at 50%. It’s a similar story in converting break points, with Novak having a 63% advantage to 49.3%. And then it was a good week for Serbian sports stars Nikola Jokic wins NBA Most Valuable Player award. And if it sounds like I’m grabbing a straw for signs of discomfort, it’s because I am.