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Tennis betting tips: Contrasting tests for big guns

The weekend is here and there are several titles up for grabs as we focus on three singles finals for our tennis betting tips today with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both in action.

We enjoyed a profitable day yesterday thanks to Taylor Fritz winning in three sets at 16/5 and hopefully that success can continue.

It has been a good week for the Brits and Heather Watson has the chance to end the week with a trophy in Acapulco but we start today's tips with a mouthwatering clash in Dubai.

Saturday's tennis betting tips

Here are our tennis tips today:

[All odds correct at time of publication]

Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas

Djokovic has won all 17 of his matches this year but had a real scare against Gael Monfils in the semi-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships yesterday.

Having lost the first set 6-2 to Gael Monfils, the world number one trailed 6-3 in the second-set tie-break but saved three successive match points and never looked back.

It was a different story for Tsitsipas as he ended the fine run of Britain's Dan Evans with a 6-2 6-3 win in which he did not face a break point.

Tsitsipas has won two of his four meetings with Djokovic - both of which were on outdoor hard courts - and is bidding for a second straight title after last week's success in Marseille, losing just one set in the last fortnight.

Whether he has the consistency to cause an upset here is debatable but we think he can win at least one set at 5/6 as the first of our tennis predictions for today.

Rafael Nadal vs Taylor Fritz

Thgese two players had contrasting victories in the Mexican Open semi-finals in Acapulco and it is little surprise that Nadal is the clear 1/10 favourite in today's tennis odds.

The Spanish world number two booked his place in tonight's final with a routine 6-3 6-2 win against Grigor Dimitrov but Fritz was made to earn his ticket as he battled back for a 2-6 7-5 6-3 victory over compatriot John Isner.

Nadal, once again, is showing few signs of weakness. He is yet to lose a set in four matches this week and has lost just 20 games as he closes in on a third title here.

He has never faced Fritz before but Nadal warned: "He's playing well. He has a great serve, fantastic shots from the baseline.

"It's going to be a tough one. I know I'm going to have to be at my best and I hope to be ready for it."

Fritz is appearing in his fifth ATP Tour final but has only won one of his previous appearances so we're happy to oppose him but Nadal is just 1/3 to win in straight sets.

Instead we'll focus on the first-set betting and it is worth noting that Nadal has won the opening set 6-2 or 6-3 in all four matches this week.

With nerves likely to be an issue for 22-year-old Fritz, there is good value in backing Nadal to win the opener 6-2 at 4/1.

Leylah Fernandez vs Heather Watson

British number two Watson is enjoying a fine start to the season and she continued that with a 6-4 7-6 (6) victory over Chinese teenager Wang Xiyu to reach her fifth WTA Tour final at the Mexican Open.

Watson now faces another teenager in the final as she meets 17-year-old Fernandez of Canada, who she beat twice last summer.

Watson's last title came in Mexico, at the tournament in Monterrey in 2016. It has been a tough road since, with the 27-year-old dipping in and out of the top 100, but she ended last season by reaching the final of the Tianjin Open and has not looked back.

She began 2020 by making the semi-finals of the Hobart International and if she can claim the title today, Watson will return to the top 50 for the first time in nearly four years.

She said on Amazon Prime: "In 2016 I won in Monterrey and that was such great memories for me. I just love it here in Mexico."

Fernandez is yet to drop a set this week but with her extra experience, Watson appeals as the 21/20 underdog as our final tennis betting prediction today.

Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Tennis