ATP Australian Open - Best Plays For Semifinals Day 2

Tennis player Rafael Nadal

Thursday, January 26, 2017 2:10 PM GMT

Join us for our daily coverage of the ATP Australian Open. Find out our top tennis picks for the Semifinals Day 2 and why you should place these two valuable tennis picks.

[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"https://www.youtube.com/embed/hRocHhFO5Ag", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]Rafael Nadal (9) vs. Grigor Dimitrov (15)

Grigor Dimitrov couldn’t ask for a better start of 2017. After winning the Brisbane International title, Dimitrov is for the second time in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam event after his previous appearance three years ago at Wimbledon. Taking a look now at Grigor’s campaign in Melbourne, the world no.15 reaches this stage of the competition after a straight sets victory over David Goffin. Dimitrov’s tricky backhand slice was the key to his success with Goffin unable to find his rhythm on the court.

As we predicted in our ATP Australian Open Quarter-Finals Day 2 analysis, Rafael Nadal proved to be too strong for Milos Raonic. Despite facing one of the best servers in the tour, Nadal won 36.45% of the points played on Raonic’s serve. On the other hand, Rafa has been serving at an outstanding level with the Spaniard winning 93.10% of his service games throughout this event. Known for his remarkable defensive skills, Nadal only allowed Raonic to win 51.92% of the points played at the net.

This will be the 9th career meeting between these two players with Nadal leading on the h2h by 7 – 1.

Despite Nadal’s edge on the h2h, Dimitrov won their last encounter in Beijing a few months ago; however, Rafael was far from his best in that match. This time things should be quite different since Nadal is playing at a superb level. The match-up clearly suits Nadal with Dimitrov’s tricky backhand slice allowing Rafael to take control of the points with his heavy top spin forehand. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to take advantage of Nadal’s betting odds by adding his spread to your betting picks.

 Free Tennis Pick: Rafael Nadal -4.5Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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