French Open Tennis Picks: Rafael Nadal vs. Andy Murray Predictions
Of all of the players left standing in French Open betting action, only one of the four has never won himself a Grand Slam event. Poor Andy Murray has come close, but he knows that once again, he is going to find himself up against it when he takes on the king of the clay courts, Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.
Over the course of the last few years, Murray has really done nothing but come close in his career. He was a runner up at the Australian Open both this year and last year, he was a semifinalist twice at Wimbledon, he was a runner up at the US Open once, and now, he is a semifinalist for the first time in his young career here at the French Open. There is only one match in which Murray has really been pushed in one match thus far in this tournament, and he was really made to battle in it. The Brit needed five sets, and five thrilling sets at that to take care of No. 15 Viktor Troicki in the fourth round, a match that spanned two days of play. Murray dropped the first two sets and battled back to win 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 over the course of the last three sets to get the job done. The very next day could have been awfully difficult, but Murray excelled 7-6 (7-2), 7-5, 6-2 over Juan Ignacio Chela to waltz into the semifinal. Still, this is where things get particularly tough for the fourth ranked player in the world, as he knows that he is going to have to beat not just one, but two of the world’s best to get the job done to win his first Grand Slam event.
And then there’s Rafa, who loses a match at the French Open about as often as Haley’s Comet is visible here on Earth. The southpaw was expected to at least have a moderately difficult time against Swede, Robin Soderling, the only man to ever beat him here at Roland Garros, but the match lasted less than two hours and ended 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) for a very, very easy romp into the semis. Nadal has had his problems on clay in the past this year, losing to second seeded Novak Djokovic in two straight events in the finale, both in straight sets no less, but aside from that, no one has really had any level of success on the clay courts against the Spaniard. Nadal did find himself forced into a fifth set against American John Isner in the first match of this tournament, but since that point, he has not dropped a single set.
There’s just no way that Nadal is going to end up dropping this match. We know that the French Open odds are definitely up there in this one, especially for a semifinal. However, no matter the surface, Murray has had no luck against Nadal in his career. Now, on clay, he stands no chance whatsoever. Go with Nadal -700.