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Two of Spain’s foremost clay court technicians clash in the 2012 French Open men’s semifinals on Friday. David Ferrer is in the form of his life, and will take the fight to the king of clay, Rafael Nadal.
Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer have played one another 19 times. Nadal has come away with 15 victories during this time, while Ferrer has snatched 4 wins from the king of clay. However, 3 of Ferrer’s victories came on hard courts, and he has beaten Nadal on clay just once – back in 2004.
Rafael Nadal boasts the best record at the 2012 French Open. The Spaniard hasn’t dropped a single set in reaching the semifinals, rolling over an in-form Nicolas Almagro in straight sets on Wednesday.
The Spaniard looks to have found his best form on clay, and is almost impossible to stop when he has momentum on this surface.
David Ferrer’s performances have been almost as impressive as Nadals, with the Spaniard losing just a single set en-route to the semis – losing one set as he dumped Andy Murray out the tournament.
Ferrer’s in solid form, with 3 titles beneath his belt for the season so for, and reached the final of the Barcelona Open before losing to Nadal in a tough contest. He’ll need a small miracle to win this game, but he’s never been in better shape to attempt a grand slam win against Nadal.
Rafael Nadal is looking pretty unstoppable, but David Ferrer will be looking to do more than put his compatriot through his paces. Expect a tough match that Ferrer should be able to push to over 3 sets.
The safe bet is to put your money on Nadal winning the match, although you won’t get the best odds on this deal. You’ll get better odds on Nadal winning 3-1 in the sets betting market – our Rafael Nadal vs David Ferrer betting tip.
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