Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic Square Off With a Spot in Final On the Line

Donnavan Smoot
Jun 10, 2021, 4:00 PM EDT
Nadal and Djokovic squared off over a month ago and now get a rematch.
Nadal and Djokovic squared off over a month ago and now get a rematch. / Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

For the 58th time in their illustrious careers, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will square off. The No. 1 and No. 3 seeds, both matched up on the hard side of the bracket, will meet in the semifinals of the French Open tomorrow morning.

For their careers, they are about as even as it can get. Djokovic has gotten the best of Nadal 29 times, however Nadal has 28 wins himself.

According to WynnBET, Nadal will be getting his 29th win tomorrow. Nadal is the favorite with -300 odds to advance to the final. Djokovic comes in as the underdog with +225 odds

The two played a month ago and Nadal came out on top, winning his 10th title at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

Although in France, playing at the French Open is basically home court advantage for Nadal. The Spaniard is nicknamed the “King of Clay” due to his 13 French Open titles. Djokovic only has a single French Open championship, making this matchup seem like it is Nadal’s to lose. 

With a win against Djokovic, Nadal would be on the verge of breaking the record for most Grand Slam championships for a man. Nadal has 20 titles, which ties him with Roger Federer, while Djokovic is right behind with 18. 

Despite being the No. 1 seed, Djokovic falls behind Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas as favorites to win the tournament. Nadal is the overwhelming favorite at -190 while Tsitsipas is +400 and Djokovic is +450.

Both Nadal and Djokovic have their legacies cemented as two of the greatest players of all time. Yet tomorrow is more about a path to stacking championships than proving something to the world.