On Thursday, Rafael Nadal will play his quarter-final match at the Mexican Open against world No. 86 Yoshihito Nishioka, who eliminated Aussie Jordan Thompson in three sets.
Date: March 2, 2017
Match time: Around 6 PM local time / 7 PM EST – New York, Montreal / midnight – United Kingdom / Friday 1 AM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Friday 11 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa and Nishioka have never faced each other on the ATP World Tour previously.
Rafa on facing Nishioka:
It will be something new for both of us, so surprises or no surprises we all (the players) know each other’s game here. He has been playing very well during the whole tournament, he has worked his way up, he has won 4 consecutive matches so he’s feeling confident. He doesn’t make mistakes, therefore I’ll have to be ready and stay focused and with high intensity.
The Japanese, who has won two ATP Challenger Tour titles (2014 Shanghai, 2015 Toyota), reached his first ATP World Tour quarter-final at Delray Beach (l. to Tomic) last year. The 21-year-old is competing in his first ever ATP 500 quarter-final while Rafa is gunning for his third Acapulco crown this week.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!