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Rafael Nadal v Alexander Zverev preview, betting odds, tips, form, prediction for French Open semi-final

Rafael Nadal will face another hurdle in the pursuit of his 14th French Open title with German talent Alexander Zverev his opponent in Friday’s semi-final.

Despite world no.3 Zverev being ranked higher than fifth seed Nadal, the Spanish legend will be the overwhelming favourite as he aims to win his 22nd career Grand Slam – and go two ahead of Novak Djokovic.

Will Nadal continue on what seems an inevitable path to Roland-Garros glory?

Or can Zverev cause a huge upset to reach his second major final?

The Sporting News has all the details you need about June 3’s Nadal-Zverev blockbuster.

Rafael Nadal’s recent form

Nadal went into Wednesday’s French Open quarter-final against Novak Djokovic as a huge underdog, but emerged as almost destined to win the Roland-Garros title following a stunning performance to eliminate the world no.1.

His incredible defence frustrated Djokovic into making errors, with the Serbian forced to go for the lines with his winners to get past a resolute Nadal.

Nadal entered the French Open as third favourite to win behind Djokovic and Alcaraz even though he won the Australian Open in January.

The world no.5 had most of his 2021 wiped out by a foot injury following his French Open 2021 final loss to Djokovic.

While he appeared to have recovered from that injury during his Australian Open triumph, Nadal looked troubled by a foot issue in the weeks prior to the French Open, nearly losing to David Goffin at the Madrid Masters, before being bundled out by Alcaraz in the quarter-finals and then being eliminated by Denis Shapovalov in the Rome Masters round of 16.

Nadal’s fitness hasn’t been in question during the French Open so far, cruising through his first three matches in straight sets, before thriving in four-hour-plus matches against Felix Auger-Aliassime and Djokovic.

Rafael Nadal’s French Open 2022 results

Round Opponent Result
First Jordan Thompson (Australia) 6-2 6-2 6-2
Second Corentin Moutet (France) 6-3 6-1 6-4
Third Botic van de Zandschulp [26] (Netherlands) 6-3 6-2 6-4
Fourth Felix Auger-Aliassime [9] (Canada) 3-6 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3
QF Novak Djokovic [1] (Serbia) 6-2 4-6 6-2 7-6(4)
Rafael Nadal

Alexander Zverev’s recent form

Despite being world no.3, no one expected Zverev to defeat teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz in the quarter-final on Wednesday.

Alcaraz – seeded sixth – was arguably the most in-form player heading into French Open with victories in Barcelona and Madrid, even defeating Zverev in straight sets in the final of the Spanish capital’s tournament.

But 25-year-old Zverev showed his experience in majors – against 19-year-old Alcaraz – snuffing out the Spaniard’s challenge by claiming the first two sets before winning in four.

The German has had a tough path to the last four, coming back from two sets down against Argentine clay specialist Sebastian Baez, while needing tiebreaks to take down unseeded players Brandon Nakashima and Bernabe Zapata-Miralles.

Heading into the French Open, it seemed like Zverev didn’t have the form or ability on clay to challenge for the title, but now he finds himself one performance away from the final.

In the clay lead-up tournaments, Zverev lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals in Rome, while Alcaraz blitzed him in Madrid.

He was even beaten by fellow semi-finalist Holger Rune in the round-of-16 in Munich.

Now Zverev has an opportunity to be only the third person to ever defeat Nadal at Roland-Garros.

Alexander Zverev’s French Open 2022 results

Round Opponent Result
First Sebastian Ofner (Austria) 6-2 6-4 6-4
Second Sebastian Baez (Argentina) 2-6 4-6 6-1 6-2 7-5
Third Brandon Nakashima (USA) 7-6(2) 6-3 7-6(5)
Fourth Bernabe Zapata-Miralles (Spain) 7-6(11) 7-5 6-3
QF Carlos Alcaraz [6] (Spain) 6-4 6-4 4-6 7-6(7)
Alexander Zverev

Rafael Nadal v Alexander Zverev head-to-head results

Nadel and Zverev have met on nine occasions – with the only meeting at a Grand Slam happening at the 2017 Australian Open.

The Spanish veteran won that encounter and holds a 6-3 win-loss advantage over Zverev, but the German has gradually turned the tide in recent years after losing his first five encounters to Nadal.

Zverev has won three of the past four meetings, including a contest on clay in Madrid last year.

Last 9 meetings between Nadal and Zverev

Year Event Surface Rnd Winner Result
2021 Rome Masters 1000 Clay QF Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-4
2021 Madrid Masters 1000 Clay QF Alexander Zverev 6-4 6-4
2020 Paris Masters 1000 Hard SF Alexander Zverev 6-4 7-5
2019 ATP Finals Great Britain Hard RR Alexander Zverev 6-2 6-4
2018 Rome Masters 1000 Clay Final Rafael Nadal 6-1 1-6 6-3
2018 Davis Cup Clay RR Rafael Nadal 6-1 6-4 6-4
2017 Monte Carlo Masters 1000 Clay R16 Rafael Nadal 6-1 6-1
2017 Australian Open Hard R32 Rafael Nadal 4-6 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3 6-2
2016 Indian Wells Masters 1000 Hard R16 Rafael Nadal 6-7(8) 6-0 7-5

Rafael Nadal v Alexander Zverev betting odds

Nadal is the hot favourite to defeat Zverev after his blistering performance against Djokovic and career form at the French Open.

Nadal v Zverev odds

To Win Australia UK
Rafael Nadal 1.30  
Alexander Zverev 3.50  

Odds courtesy of Neds, SkyBet for UK

Rafael Nadal v Alexander Zverev prediction

Only Robin Soderling and Djokovic have ever beaten Nadal at Roland-Garros – and don’t expect Zverev to add his name to the list.

The German is on the verge of getting grand slam success, but it won’t come at the expense of Nadal on his favourite court – Philippe Chatrier – at the French Open.

It will take a mighty performance to unseat Nadal, who basically beat Djokovic by defending the Serbian’s attack into submission.

Zverev can nick a set off Nadal, but the Spanish legend will rise once again as he continues his path to a 14th title in Paris.

Prediction: Nadal in four sets.



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