This blockbuster semifinal between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer is clearly the highlight of the 2014 Australian Open and a match all tennis fans are looking forward to. We can hardly write anything new about these two great champions as even the people that do not follow this sport closely know them as the biggest stars of the game. This will be already their 33th career meeting (Nadal currently leads 22-10 in Head-2-Head) and this could be one of their most interesting duels. The current world number one Rafael Nadal had a fantastic 2013, battling back from injury to claim two Grand Slam titles and eight other titles. He was clearly the best player of the year and his early loss to Steve Darcis in Wimbledon could hardly change it. Rafael Nadal has always been the king of clay courts but he showed his career-best tennis on hard courts in 2013 and showed that he is an excellent all-court player with almost no weaknesses. He started this season by winning another title in Doha so currently holds a 10-0 record in 2014. Right, he had some troubles in his last two matches against Nishikori and Dimitrov and he did not show his best tennis but on the other hand he did enough to win these matches rather comfortably. His opponent will be Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer, who holds many tennis records, including the one for most Grand Slam titles wins and he fully deserves to be considered the best player in the history of this sport. Right, last season wasn't too successful for Federer as he won just one title and dropped to the 7th place in the rankings. Many fans and experts thought that he will not be able to compete well with the best players and will not win any big title. But this year's Australian Open surely proved them wrong as Federer defeated Tsonga and Murray in last rounds and showed some really nice offensive tennis with great serving. This could also be related to the fact that Federer hired Edberg as his coach and is enjoying this partnership. But it still remains a fact that Rafael Nadal with his topspins and excellent movement is a really bad matchup for Roger Federer and should be rated as a clear favourite of this duel. In the end he had no problems to win all their four meetings in last season. As much as we would like Roger Federer to win this match and the whole Australian Open we have to be realistic and give a clear advantage on Rafael Nadal's side and expect the Spaniard to move one step closer to his second Australian Open title. For these reasons we recommend you to place a tennis bet on Rafael Nadal -2.5 games handicap but you do not have to be affraid of taking even higher lines here.
- Starting Time: 24 January 2014, 9:30 CET
- Bet: Nadal -2.5 games
- Odds: 1.99
- Stake: 8 units
- Bookmaker: Ladbrokes