Greg Rusedski says Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are on ‘crash course’ at Paris Masters

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Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will meet in the Paris Masters final, according to Greg Rusedski.

Greg Rusedski believes Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will both win their Paris Masters semi-finals today.

World No 1 Djokovic kicks off the day’s play when he takes on Grigor Dimitrov.

Spaniard Nadal then faces Denis Shapovalov in the later game on Centre Court.

And Amazon Prime pundit Rusedski can only see one outcome for both men – despite Shapovalov having a 1-1 head-to-head record against Nadal.

“He knows he can beat him and he has got more consistency in his game,” Rusedski told Amazon Prime of Shapovalov.

“The greats they learn and they scout and they watch – and they don’t like to lose to these youngsters on multiple occasions.

“I think Shapo will push him close but Rafa has got the bit between his teeth and has got that little bit more.

“His serve this week has been stupendous and that slice out wide is opening up the court.

“He is going to be able to boss Denis around, which very few players can do on this surface.

“Rafa wants to be No 1 and I think we are on a crash course for the No 1 and No 2 players on the plant to meet in the finals here in Paris.”

Nadal has never won the Paris Masters title as he usually struggles during indoor tournament.

However, the 19-time Grand Slam winner has not dropped a set all week and is nearing his top form.

“I think he has been absolutely brilliant, same as Novak Djokovic,” Rusedski added.

“If you look at what he is doing he is hitting the ball a little bit earlier. He is moving better.”

If Nadal and Djokovic both reach the final it will be the 55th meeting between them.

Djokovic has won 28 of their previous clashes, compared to Nadal’s 26. 

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