French Open 2019 – Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal taking place? Roland-Garros, Paris

When is Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal on and what time does it start? Friday 7th June, 2019 – (not before) 11:50 (UK)

What channel is Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal on in the UK? ITV4 & Eurosport are sharing broadcasting rights for the French Open so it is worth checking their schedules

Where can I stream Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal? Televised matches can be streamed via the ITV Hub & Eurosport Player

Where can I get tickets for Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal?
https://tickets.rolandgarros.com/en/home

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings:
Roger Federer 15-23 Rafael Nadal
Last meeting: Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-3

THE PLAYERS

ROGER FEDERER

  • Roger Federer dropped his first set of his 17th Roland-Garros campaign to compatriot and friend Stan Wawrinka but managed to get the win in difficult, humid conditions.
  • This will be the 39th meeting between two of this generation’s elite in Federer and Rafael Nadal, with the Swiss having won their last five encounters (not including the walkover at Indian Wells this year).
  • However, Federer will face Nadal in the semi-finals in his first Roland-Garros appearance since 2015 knowing he faces the undisputed king of this Grand Slam and a player who has knocked him out of this tournament five times.

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Rafael Nadal barely broke a sweat against seventh-seed Kei Nishikori, conceding just five games to the Japanese number one, to set up the match fans have been waiting for.
  • 13 of Rafael Nadal’s 23 wins over his semi-final opponent Roger Federer have come on clay since their first meeting on the surface at this very tournament 15 years ago.
  • In the infinite discussion over whom is the best player out of Nadal, Federer, and Novak Djokovic, Nadal has the strongest win percentage amongst them (61%) over the Swiss.

THE PREDICTION

It seems as much a terrible shame that this match is not the 2019 Roland-Garros final as it is to attempt to predict it. There is no question that Rafael Nadal, world number two, is the favourite on clay anyway, let alone at the Grand Slam he has seen fit to dominate throughout his career. So much so, that this is Roger Federer’s 17th appearance at the French Open, and at 37 years old he has just the one title. Federer seemed to struggle with the conditions somewhat in his previous match with Stan Wawrinka but showed himself to be as much a fighter as ever. This match could balance on the winner of the first set, with Rafa always keen to come out of the blocks like a charging bull. If Federer can shock him early, this could go the distance. However, a four-set victory for the Spaniard seems the most feasible.