WATCH: How good is this passing shot from Rafa?

Watch Rafael Nadal find the open court past Jack Sock at the Miami Open.


Rafael Nadal defeats Jack Sock to reach Miami Open semi-finals

Four-time Miami Open runner-up Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals by beating American Jack Sock 6-2, 6-3. His next opponent will be Fabio Fognini.

Rafa committed only 12 unforced errors against the No. 13-seeded Sock, rallied from a break down in the second set and improved his lifetime record against Americans to 60-9. Our champ was able to save six of seven break points earned by Sock as he kept control of the contest.

Rafa has never won in Miami despite being a four-time finalist, and his win opens up the possibility of a meeting in the final with Roger Federer.

Sources: AP/AFP

VIDEO: An interview with Rafael Nadal – Miami Open R4

Rafael Nadal talks after his win over Nicolas Mahut in Miami.

Miami Open QF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Jack Sock?

Rafael Nadal celebrates defeating Nicolas Mahut of France at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 28, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, No. 5 seed Rafael Nadal will play his quarter-final match at the Miami Open against world No. 17 Jack Sock, who eliminated Jared Donaldson, 6-2, 6-1, in 62 minutes.

Date: March 29, 2017

Match time: Not before 9 PM local time / 9 PM EDT –  New York, Montreal /  Thursday 2 AM BST – United Kingdom / Thursday 3 AM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Thursday noon AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa leads the overall head to head 2-0, but Sock has taken a set off Rafa in both their previous meetings.


PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Nicolas Mahut to reach last eight in Miami

Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarter-finals of the Miami Open following a routine straight set win over Nicolas Mahut on Tuesday.

Rafa was simply too good for Mahut, taking never facing a breakpoint in his 6-4, 7-6(4) win on the hard courts of Miami.

Rafa put together a near perfect display, notching up 26 winners and just 11 unforced errors and was easily able to counter Mahut’s serve and volley game plan.

The opening set was a tight one, with neither earning a breakpoint until the ninth game, where an error gave Rafa an opportunity. Rafa did not need a second invitation and broke to go 5-4 up, after which he served out the set in dominant fashion.

The second set unfolded in a similar vein, with the duo swapping service games until the tiebreaker. But as per usual, Rafa was superb in the big moments and moved to a 5-2 lead before taking the set and the match.

Rafa will face rising star Jack Sock in the quarter-finals.

Source: Fox News

WATCH: Rafael Nadal Reflects on His Long Tennis Career

Rafael Nadal talks about his comeback win against German Philipp Kohlschreiber and playing his 1,000th career match at the Miami Open.

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal enjoys a win in his 1000th career match

Rafael Nadal celebrated his 1,000th tour level match with a come-from-behind victory over German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber to reach the fourth round of the Miami Open on Sunday.

World number 31 Kohlschreiber was on fire early, ripping through the first set in only 21 minutes but Rafa flipped the switch and turned the match on its head to prevail 0-6 6-2 6-3 on the main stadium hard court at Crandon Park.

It was the first time Rafa had failed to win a game in the first set of an ATP tour match since 2008, the ATP said.

Rafa ignited the near-capacity crowd with a typically determined comeback to clinch his 822nd career victory. He joins a small group of 11 players headed by Jimmy Connors (1,535) to have played at least 1,000 matches.

One thousand matches is a lot of matches. Obviously that’s good news because that says I am having a long career. During a lot of years, I heard that I’m going to have a short career, so it’s something important for me. I remember the first match very well because it was at home in Mallorca. It was my first victory on the ATP and was a great feeling.

Rafa said he had not done much wrong in the first set against an opponent who was in the zone.

He was doing everything good, so that’s sport. I lose the set because he was playing too good. That’s it. But a match is long and the positive thing is I held the pressure well this afternoon after a very tough first set. I resisted well in the first few games of the second set and then I think I played a great second and third set.

Source: Reuters