Roger Federer (SUI) v. Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Nadal leads Federer head to head 11-6 with nine wins on clay and two on hardcourts. Nadal has never beaten Federer on a grasscourt but
come close a year ago in the Wimbledon final losing 7-6(9-7), 4-6, 7-6(7-3), 2-6, 6-2.
I think the match will be won from the baseline by a large part even though the surface is a grasscourt. Nadal has the groundstroke
advantage having won all
28 matches he's played at the French Open. Also being a left-hander, Nadal will use his extreme topsin forehand crosscourt to attack the
Federer backhand with looping balls deep in the corner.
Federer will not be able to get into the net as much as he would like and will face more pressure than he normally would feel on grasscourt.
If Federer can attack from the net and mix up the game with slice and volley, he will have a great chance to win, otherwise Nadal will
win a baseline battle as presently his groundstrokes are far superior.