Australian Open Final: Five-setter unlikely for Nadal and Djokovic

The two are closely matched on ratings going into the final, writes Jack Houghton, but it doesn’t necessarily mean we will see a drawn-out match…
Preparing the data for this side-market preview, it was a surprise to have to trawl back nearly five years to locate the spreadsheet that I used the last time Djokovic and Nadal met in the final of a significant: the 2014 French Open. That it has been so long says something about the increasing fragility of this duo, especially the injury woes and private strife which has seen both having extending intervals from the court in recent decades.
They are back, though, with Nadal, particularly, looking as imperious as when at his peak, revealing hard-court kind that most (myself included) assumed was beyond his brittle body’s capability. That has meant that my assertion – that an outsider could mess the centenary celebrations of the Big Three – has not yet been borne out, despite the powerful performance of pre-tournament 90.00-recommendation, Daniil Medvedev, that briefly looked to trouble Djokovic in their last-16 experience.
Nothis year’s Australian Open title will go the way of the establishment and, whilst Djokovic is the slight favourite at 1.81 into Nadal’s 2.22, I would struggle to separate the two. They go into the final boasting near-identical Elo scores according to my ratings and, whilst Djokovic’s excellence raises on that front when filtering for hard-court matches only, that has to do with Nadal’s recent inability to progress over a few rounds on the tough stuff before retiring with trauma than it does some other playing inferiority. And, as Dan Weston asserts in his eponymous trailer (test it out, along with his upcoming final trailer, here), it is Nadal who seems at the ascendency in Melbourne.
Most Aces – It is all about the price Considering that their pre-eminence in the last couple of years, it is always startling to reflect how few experts this duo serves, demonstrating how much the game has changed since the 1990s, when it seemed like big servers would forever dominate the men’s game, except for a brief interlude during the clay court season, when some older guys would have to play a few more matches.
The ace count within their own games is usually low and closely contested, however, to date, head-to-head, Djokovic has functioned more on 32 events, accounting for 63% of their masters. This last figure is a little skewed, however, with some games where Djokovic dominated the ace-race, like the gigantic five-setter semi-final at Wimbledon this past year. It is well worth remembering that eight of their games have observed the duo tie ace count.
According to the information, Djokovic should most likely be about 1.56 to function the most aces, which seems to be about where the market is settling. When the chances dropped as much as 1.40, though, I would be a layer, hoping to get a repeat of this 2012 closing here, where Nadal won the ace-race by one.

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Both are closely matched on ratings going into the last, writes Jack Houghton, but it does not necessarily mean we’ll see a protracted match…
Preparing the data for this particular side-market preview, it was a surprise to have to trawl back nearly five years to locate the recorder that I used the last time Djokovic and Nadal met in the closing of a significant: the 2014 French Open. That it’s been so long says something about the increasing fragility of the duo, particularly the injury woes and private strife which has seen both having extending periods off the court in the last few decades.
They are back, however, with Nadal, particularly, appearing as imperious as when at his peak, showing hard-court kind that many (myself included) assumed was beyond his brittle body’s capability. Which has meant that my assertion – which an outsider would mess the centenary celebrations of the Big Three – has not been borne out, despite the strong performance of pre-tournament 90.00-recommendation, Daniil Medvedev, that briefly looked to issue Djokovic within their last-16 experience.
No, this year’s Australian Open title will go the way of the institution and, although Djokovic is the slight favorite at 1.81 to Nadal’s 2.22, I would struggle to separate both. They go into the closing boasting near-identical Elo scores according to my evaluations and, although Djokovic’s excellence raises on that front when filtering hard-court matches only, that has more to do with Nadal’s recent inability to progress over a few rounds on the challenging stuff before retiring with injury than it does some other playing inferiority. And, as Dan Weston argues in his eponymous trailer (test it out, together with his forthcoming final preview, here), it’s Nadal who seems in the ascendency in Melbourne.
Most Aces – It is all about the price Considering that their pre-eminence in the last couple of years, it’s always startling to reflect how few experts this duo functions, demonstrating how a game has changed since the 1990s, when it appeared as if big servers could eternally dominate the men’s game, except for a brief interlude during the clay court season, when some older men would have to play with a couple more matches.
The ace count within their own matches is usually low and closely contested, but, up to now, head-to-head, Djokovic has served more on 32 occasions, accounting for 63 percent of the aces. This last figure is slightly skewed, though, by some games where Djokovic dominated the ace-race, such as the mammoth five-setter semi-final at Wimbledon this past year. It’s well worth remembering that eight of their games have observed the duo tie on ace count.
According to the information, Djokovic should most likely be about 1.56 to serve the most experts, which looks to be roughly where the industry is settling. When the chances dropped as much as 1.40, however, I’d be a coating, hoping for a repeat of the 2012 final here, at which Nadal won the ace-race by one.

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