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Don’t expect shocks as Nadal faces Fish in ATP World Tour Finals

| 19.11.2011

It has been a disappointing season for Rafael Nadal who has surrendered his World No.1 position to Novak Djokovic and won ‘just’ one Grand Slam title.

And he will have to improve his record in London if he is to have any hope of ending his season on a high.

He’s never won the season-ending event and last year fell at the final hurdle, losing to Roger Federer 6–3, 3–6, 6–1.

He couldn’t have wished for an easier start to his campaign this time out though as he faces Mardy Fish this Sunday.

Fish is the lowest ranked player in the tournament and his record against the ten-times Grand Slam champion leaves a lot to be desired.

Nadal is the huge 1/4 favourite for the match and, based on their head-to-head record it’s easy to see why.

Fish has managed to bag just one victory over Nadal in their eight meetings and was dispatched comfortably 7-5, 6-1 in their last match.

It’s hard to see beyond a win for Nadal so backing him to triumph looks like the only remotely tempting bet in the match odds.

However, Fish has defeated Nadal on a hard court this season and he picked up at set in each of their two matches prior to that – despite eventually losing.

Backing Fish to win a set but succumb to Nadal 2-1 looks extremely tempting at 3/1.



Richard Anderson