Unbeatable Djokovic on course to face unconquerable Nadal

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Punters all across the globe should be praying for a Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic final in the Madrid Open, but first the two players must negotiate tough semi-finals.

Thomaz Bellucci has already defeated Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych this week and is eyeing the scalp of Djokovic who stretched his unbeaten run to 30 matches in 2011.

But the tie of the day sees Nadal take on friend and foe Roger Federer in what is sure to be an epic betting event.

Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer

These two have met so often that they know each others games inside out but while Federer is no slouch on clay, Nadal is undefeated on the surface since 2009 and should have no problems justifying his incredibly short 1/7 favouritism.

The two have met 12 times on clay before with Federer managing to overhaul Nadal on just two occasions and while Federer may tempt punters at 4/1, his current form isn’t good enough to beat Nadal.

One of Federer’s wins did come in this tournament in 2009 and there’s no doubt Nadal won’t get things all his own way, so we’re tipping the Spaniard to win this in three sets at 7/2.

Novak Djokovic vs Thomaz Bellucci

Following his victory over Berdych, Bellucci told the world’s media that he “can defeat anyone” although the Madrid Open odds suggest he’s up against it on Saturday.

The Brazilian is a 5/1 chance to beat Djokovic in Saturday’s semi-final, but on the basis of their head-to-head form this should be a breeze for Djokovic.

Incredibally the Serb remains unbeaten in 2011 and having defeated Bellucci with ease in last year’s clay court season in their only ever competitive meeting, Djokovic looks certain to justify his 1/9 favouritism.

A 2-0 win for the Serb makes him a slightly more attractive betting opposition at 4/11 but punters should pray for the Nadal/Djokovic final in what will be the biggest tennis betting event of the year so far.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.