//Federer out to maintain Nadal dominance

Federer out to maintain Nadal dominance

Roger Federer is a 4/9 favourite to beat Rafael Nadal in the Indian Wells semi-finals and progress to yet another final.

Having picked up his 100th career tournament victory in Dubai earlier this month, the Swiss legend is now gunning for number 101 and will take on his old adversary in the Californian desert on Saturday.

The 37-year-old reached the last four with a 6-4 6-4 success over Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz on Friday and is 1/2 to lift the trophy on Sunday.

Nadal was made to work much harder in his last-eight match, coming through 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-2) against Russia’s Karen Khachanov.

Unfortunately, the Spaniard required treatment on his right knee during the contest but is hopeful of being fit for the weekend showdown.

“I will try my best to recover – these are the matches I want to play,” said the Majorcan.

Nadal leads the head-to-head meetings 23-15 although it is Federer who has held sway in recent years.

The eight-time Wimbledon champion has won their past five encounters and was a straight-sets winner when they last met in the Shanghai Masters final in October 2017.

He is refusing to read too much into those contests, however, saying: “I don’t think those matches matter that much, to be honest. A lot of time has gone by.”

Nadal is priced at 7/4 to make the final and the winner will go on to play either Milos Raonic of Canada or Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem.

After suffering with injury and dropping out of the world’s top 20 in 2017, Raonic now looks back to somewhere near his best and is up to 14th in the rankings.

He enjoyed a run to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and is 8/13 to get the better of Thiem (11/8).

Raonic leads the head-to-head 2-0 but the pair have not faced each other since the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals in London.

2019-03-16T11:53:11+00:00 March 16th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |