ATP Olympic Quarter Picks: Nadal's Great Mindset Will Bring Him Thirst For Gold

Joao Mourato

Saturday, August 13, 2016 5:05 PM UTC

Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 5:05 PM UTC

Join us on our daily coverage of the Olympic Tournament. Find out our top tennis pick for the Men's Semi-Finals and why you should place this valuable bet.

Juan Martin Del Potro vs. Rafael Nadal (3)
Juan Martin Del Potro is for the second time on this event’s semifinals and after his defeat four years ago against Roger Federer, the Argentinean is trying to go a step further time. Del Potro is slowly returning to his best level, with a brilliant victory on the first round against Novak Djokovic. Despite Del Potro’s improvements, his backhand is still unreliable, with the Argentinean using very often the slice. After that massive first round victory over the world no.1, the 2009 US Open champion defeated João Sousa, Taro Daniel and Roberto Bautista Agut.

After missing the last months of competition due to a wrist injury, Rafael Nadal is now just one win away from returning to an Olympic Final. Besides his successful campaign in singles, Nadal was also brilliant in doubles with Marc Lopez, winning the Gold Medal. After winning the first three matches in straight sets, a third set was required on his quarterfinals clash against Thomaz Bellucci, with Nadal emerging victorious by 2 – 6 6 – 4 6 – 2.

This will be the 13th career meeting between these two players, with Nadal leading on the h2h by 8 – 4.

Both players have struggled with wrist issues however, Nadal seems to be the one who can benefit more from that situation, with his cross court forehand creating many problems to Del Potro’s weaker backhand. Despite Rafael’s fatigue from the singles and doubles matches in the previous day, the Spaniard should appear on this match with a great mindset after winning the gold medal in doubles. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to add Nadal’s betting odds to your betting picks as the best play for this semifinal.

Free Tennis Pick: Rafael Nadal (-140)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle
Record: 29-13-2 +15.12

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