Expect a battle tonight and Del Potro has looked the sharper player in the tournament
Starts at 9 pm.
Nadal 1.70, Del Potro 2.40
Nadal leads their previous meetings 12 -5. Their last match was in the quarter final at Wimbledon in July this year. Nadal won in 5 sets. Their last hard court match was at this tournament last season. Nadal won in 4 sets and that was also the semi final.
Both players are having excellent seasons. Nadal has won 91% of his matches and Del Potro won 80%.
Only Isner has taken a set from Del Potro in this tournament. That was a tie break set in the quarter final. In the previous rounds had had only been taken to a tie break twice.
Nadal dropped sets in rounds 3 and 4 and Thiem took him to 5 sets in the last round. Khachanov gave him a real scare in the third round and their match gave us two tie breaks and two 7-5 sets.
Stats for the tournament favour Del Potro. This will be a long match and Del Potro has a great chance. Lay the set 1 winner. I would prefer Nadal to take the 1st set as I want a lower lay on him. Nadal has not looked as sharp as he has been earlier in 2018.