Wimbledon 2018 – Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal Preview

AT A GLANCE

Where is Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal taking place? Centre Court, Wimbledon, London

When is Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal on and what time does it start? Friday 13th July, 2018 – (not before) 15:00

What television channel is Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal on? BBC (UK)

Where can I stream Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal? The match can be streamed online via BBC iPlayer

Where can I get tickets for Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal? A limited number of tickets go on sale 24 hours in advance on Ticketmaster. Alternatively, you can brave the famous Wimbledon Queue!

THE LOWDOWN

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • The three-time former winner beat Kei Nishikori in four sets on Wednesday to make it through to a first Grand Slam semi-final since the 2016 US Open.
  • Djokovic's game is in better shape than it has been in for some time and he appears to have rediscovered some of the unshakeable self-belief and competitiveness that drove him to the top of the sport a couple of years back.
  • The last seven meetings with Nadal that have not been played on clay have gone the way of Djokovic although they have not faced off at Wimbledon since 2011.

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Nadal needed five sets to come through a marathon quarter-final with Juan Martin del Potro on Wednesday in what was a Wimbledon classic and it remains to be seen how much that has taken out of him.
  • This is already Rafa's best Wimbledon run since 2011 and with Roger Federer now out of the tournament, he will feel he has every chance of adding to his 17 Grand Slam titles now.
  • This is also a huge match in the context of the Spaniard's rivalry with Djokovic as he trails his Serbian opponent by 26 wins to 25 in career meetings.

THE STATISTICS

THE PREDICTION

No two players have met more times in ATP history than Nadal and Djokovic, with this match representing the 52nd time the two tennis giants have collided. While the first of Friday's semi-finals will be an exhibition of huge serving, this promises to be a battle of endruance with long basement rallies in the offing.

Calling this match feels like a flip of the coin but the edge has to go slightly to Nadal based on recent form. Do not be surprised to see this go the distance and although Rafa has just come through a gruelling quarter-final, he is fit enough to back that up and reach another major final.