China Open Final: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Novak Djokovic in Beijing?

Rafael Nadal will face Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s China Open final. It will be the 45th meeting between the Serb and our champ and third of 2015.

Date: October 11, 2015

Time: 7.30 pm local time / 12.30 pm BST – United Kingdom / 1.30 pm CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 7.30 am EDT –  New York, Montreal / 10.30 pm AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Rafa Nadal of Spain reacts after beating Fabio Fognini of Italy during their men's singles semifinal match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, China, October 10, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Photo: REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Rafa on reaching the final in Beijing:

I’m happy to be in the final obviously. It’s a good result for me, very positive one. And tomorrow is a match to enjoy.

My goal is try to play the way that I want to play. I know this year Novak, as I say before, is a different league of my one. I’m going to fight tomorrow and we’ll see.

Rafa has played Nole 44 times before and leads the series 23-21, but the Serb has won six of the last seven matches. When the duo met in the 2013 Beijing final, it was Nole who won in straight sets.

  • Rafa is looking for his fourth title of the season (3-1), the first on hard courts since Doha in January 2014 when he defeated Gael Monfils.
  • Rafa is appearing in his third China Open final (1-1). He won the title in his debut in 2005 (d. Coria) and reached the final two years ago.
  • Rafa is appearing in his 97th career ATP World Tour level final. He is 67-29 in finals (3-1 in ’15)
  • Rafa will rise to No. 5 in the Emirates ATP Race to London with a win in the Beijing final (now he is at No. 6).

Here are the matches they have played against each other:


Source: ATP World Tour


  1. VAMOS RAFA! Hoping your A game falls into place and you are the victor kissing the trophy.

    Always a Rafa Fan

  2. Prepare to come to the net and use good lobs rafa b’cause novak wont be engaging u in long rallies
    He will try to use drop shots more often

    Win or loose always with rafa
    Vamos and bst luck

  3. Rafa and all of your team and fans, you are steadily improving and with your attitude and determination will get get where you want to be again, so enjoyed your matches and to see the wins again is marvelous All the very best for tomorrow and if you win great and if you don’t then still great. Vamos

  4. Worth setting the \alarm clock for 5,30 am to watch Rafael defeat Fabio Fognini. Rafael is calm and confident at crucial moments. He played some superb tennis in the second set. Wonderful to see him on the way back to the form he can produce. How the Chinese audience love him, All support for our special Rafael.

  5. I am so excited for you. This has been a llong time coming (this year) . Enjoy every minute and I wish you the best. Do you think you have good juju in Beijing?
    Remember this is where you earned a gold medal. Pretty Special

  6. Rafa played a good tournament. Better than the weeks before. Novak is the best player at the moment but Rafa will come back to his best again and these matches will help him.

    Enjoy the match. Play as always with heart and passion.

    Rafa must be aggressive and the forhand down the line will be very important tomorrow.

    Good luck and all the best. Vamos Rafa <3 <3 <3

  7. VAMOS DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) It is a great day & a fabulous time to relax & recharge!!!!! btw, I watched Replay of your last two China Open games……and enjoyed it all over again!!!!!! Inspirational!!!!!!! : ) : ) It is remarkable & exciting to see you moving forward with your solid powerful game!!!!! plus you are SO CUTE & HANDSOME !!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : )
    Great job using your Challenge : ) …..keep doing that dear Rafa !!!!!! : ) VAMOS & congratulations for all your amazing fantastic wins!!!!! You have everything you need to put forth & to have a highly competitive advantage tomorrow!!!!! : ) ci….ci….ci….& ….CI…… Your connection & touch with the ball is stunning & your seasoned Tennis intelligence & instincts are priceless!!!!!! Much like any top player, Novak has pockets of vulnerability …..thankfully, you have the mind set that all is possible playing him….and you allow an opportunity to bring about an exciting competitive match & a strive for a win !!!!! : ) : ) VAMOS…….VAMOS…….VAMOS……. Each match is different and each match brings an opportunity to open the field again! With your solid and strong level of play you have all doors open to you!!!!!! It will be fun & for sure ” A match to enjoy ” as you wisely said in your interview. God bless you sweetheart & Enjoy EVERYTHING!!!!!! Have a great fantastic time!!!!! Enjoy lots & lots of fun playing each point with your beautiful forward stride , depth, and beautiful serve!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS & have a great day!!!!!! : )

  8. Vamos Rafa.💖. Very very excited and happy for you. That is where you actually belong. Playing the finals.
    All the hard work has paid off. One step at a time, you will again regain your form.
    Will always be your die hard fan. Love to see that million dollar smile on your face.
    Big God bless.
    Going to church tomorrow, n will pray for you.


    • Rafa needs to slow the pace of the game & use his slice handed backhand to have any chance to defeat Novak tomorrow. Thats the winning strategy against Novak as per the analysis based on the past victories against him.

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