Indian Wells SF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Novak Djokovic?

One of the greatest rivalries in tennis resumes on Saturday as Rafael Nadal faces Novak Djokovic in the semifinal of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. This will be the 48th meeting between the two players and second of 2016.

Our champ is bidding to reach the final in Indian Wells for the fifth time.

Winner of 27 Masters 1000 crowns, Rafa lifted the trophy at the BNP Paribas Open in 2007 (d. Djokovic), 2009 (d. Murray) and 2013 (d. Del Potro); he also finished runner-up to Djokovic in 2011.

Novak Djokovic plays Feliciano Lopez in the Mens Singles 4th Round at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California Wednesday, March 16, 2016. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open)
Photo by Jared Wickerham/BNP Paribas Open

Date: March 19, 2016

Match time: Approximately 1 PM local time / 4 PM  EDT –  New York, Montreal / 8 PM GMT – United Kingdom / 9 PM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy /March 20 – 7 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Watch online: 3pmstream

Rafa on semis:

Let’s try my best tomorrow. Let’s keep playing with the same energy. And we’ll see what’s going on.

I know Novak is playing unbelievable, so it’s difficult. But I am here to keep enjoying, keep trying my best, and keep playing with the right energy.

Djokovic is 9-1 against Rafa since the 2013 US Open. He is 14-10 in tour-level finals and 17-7 on hard courts.

The last time Rafa defeated Djokovic was the 2014 French Open final.

Here are the matches they have played against each other:

Good luck and Vamos Rafa!

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19 thoughts on “Indian Wells SF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Novak Djokovic?

  1. Rafantastic

    All the very best of luck, dear Rafa ❤️ You can do it 😊
    Always be yourself and have faith in yourself 😘
    VAMOS 🎾💪😃

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  2. ashish

    I wish if rafa could have face roger before this match ……..yes rafa is playing good but roger takes out some special thing from rafa which he needs now ……..

    Anyways go and enjoy the match

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  3. The Prophet Speaks

    I see our dear champion Rafa prevailing by 2 : 1 – 7-6(2), 2-6, 6-4

    But we still need to pray hard to make it happen

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  4. Mac

    Rafa should enter this match with the intention to crush Djoker. He may fail, but he will play a good match.

    If he goes with the annoying mindset of ‘I hope Djoker’s level drops’… he’ll get slaughtered like happened in Qatar.

    Surprise us Mr. Nadal! Good luck to you both!

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  5. ashish

    dont loose the 1 st game …..again the serve will be important factor ….since he will attack u on 1 st game of ur and then create a momentum with him ………just try to push the match longer……..expect the drop shots ……..u need to change the direction on shots and make him run……..play him more on his forehand side………dont play to his plans ……..slices and lobs are important…….and remeber one important points just enjoy the match……..u need to remeber of us open finals and monte carlo 2015…………
    attack his 1 st game……..and remember 90 % on important point novak will serve down the tee direction so dont give him free points on that……..
    dont forget the inside out forehands rafa

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  6. Elias

    Contrary to what some think, Rafa can win this match..there will be long rallies from the start and Rafa has to just stay with Novak and his measured deep drives and Rafa has to execute his forehand esp the down the line shot! Plus his return of serve has been the key this tournament and if he is able to return aggressively he might just force Novak to some errors! Let’s go Rafa!!!!! Your almost there!!!

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  7. Niketa Lobo ( India )

    VAMOS RAFA.💖. I ENJOYED THE MATCH AGAINST NISHIKORI. YOU ARE BACK. AS I ALWAYS SAID, YOU ARE THE BEST.🌷. YOU HAD THE AUDIENCE AT THE EDGE OF THE SEATS.

    BEAUTIFUL MATCH. YOU WILL PLAY ANOTHER GOOD MATCH WITH DJOKOVIC, V YOUR FANS ARE CONFIDENT ABOUT THAT.

    EAST OR WEST RAFA.💖 YOU ARE THE BEST.🌷 , BUDDY.

    ANYWAY, TAKE REST, N PREPARE FOR THE MATCH.

    LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE YOU RAFA.💖 ALWAYS.

    KEEP THE CONFIDENCE GOING.

    KEEP SMILING, N STAY HEALTHY.

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  8. I am just so thrilled that Rafa is into the semi-finals here. He already delivered 4
    outstanding matches against 4 extremely difficult opponents.

    I know he’s facing Novak tomorrow. The funny thing about Novak is he’s such a mechanical player, no flair or flash whatsoever (but he gets the job done that way)
    Every single shot of his is so measured that it seldom goes out of bounds. Tsonga over-cooked so many shots but he still played a tight match against Novak. Too bad, Tsonga couldn’t harness all that power of his and keep his shots in bounds. He might have won the 2nd set, perhaps.

    Rafa, just play as you have been playing in the four previous rounds and continue to
    play with the same confidence and intensity. I look forward to the match no matter
    what the results are. You are definitely back! It’s no easy task to take down Kei
    today who is another sterling competitor! Vamos and Best wishes!

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  9. I don’t see Rafa winning this one sadly but as long as this form gets better and better and we get to see Rafa play like his old self again for the next few months/years it’s all that I could wish for. Give it a good fight Rafa, even if you will lose.

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    1. Deep Thinker

      This is the most realistic comment!
      Sadly, Rafa, thanks to a combination of injuries and stubbornness in not changing Uncle Toni, has allowed the Djoker in the pack to overwhelm him recently. That is, Rafa has the skills and talent to beat Djokovic, but those talents are now dormant.

      To be honest, Rafa always looks sort of timid (I dont want to say ‘frightened’) these days against Djokovic.

      Anyways, like Rafa said ‘I’m here to enjoy myself’

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