Djokovic v Nadal:
Nadal leads the head to heads 14-12. Djokovic has won their laat 7 matches which were all finals. Nadal has won Monte Carlo for the last 7 years. Who will make it 8 in a row?
Djokovic has had a difficult week with the death of his grandfather. It clearly affected him against Dolgopolov and Haase. Having reached the final he is likely to dedicate his performance to his grandfather which could add a litle extra spice.
Nadal hasn’t lost a set this week although Wawrinka almost staged a comeback in the first set and Simon had several break points in the semi final.
Two of the finals that Djokovic won in 2011 were also on clay so Nadal’s supremacy on clay doesn’t work when Djokovic is on the other side of the net. It should also be noted that Nadal has won just 1 title in the last 12 months which was the French Open.
Before I started writing this I had said in an email to someone that my gut feeling was that Nadal would win this but now I aren’t so sure. I did read an opinion somewhere ( I think it was the betfair forum) which said that they thought Nadal may tank the final so his great friend could dedicate the win to his grandfather! Complete bollox obviously but I’m not sure the Spaniard will have a say in it.
Djokovic to win in 3 sets.
Update: Should have gon with my gut. Nadal wins in straight sets.